#erasethedifference and fund mental health and addictions care the same as physical health care. Take action. Sign the petition.
It’s time to erase the difference and fund mental health and addictions care the same as physical health care.
For decades, mental health and addictions services in communities throughout Ontario have been chronically underfunded compared to other parts of the health system. The result: the mental health and addictions system is crumbling. It’s impossible to meet the needs of Ontarians. Wait times are up. Programs have been cut. People are falling through the cracks.
But we’re on the cusp of something big. For the first time in a long time, there’s widespread acceptance about the urgent need for quality mental health and addictions services. The federal government is providing an unprecedented amount of money for mental health and addictions services. Ontario’s three main political parties all believe it’s a key issue.
The truth about mental health services in Ontario
Community-based mental health and addiction agencies like ours are struggling. Local branches of the Canadian Mental Health Association have received little in the way of government funding increases for many years. We receive less of Ontario's health budget now than we did in 1979.
We’ve stretched the value of a dollar as far as it can go. We’re asked to do more with less. We’re forced to cut services in the community. Wait lists are longer. We’ve eliminated staff and leave positions unfilled. We struggle with rising operational expenses. The situation is now dire.
With all the political and public conversation about mental health and addictions, now is the time to send a message to elected officials:
#erasethedifference and fund mental health and addictions care the same as physical health care.