Investment in Children’s Mental Health by Government of Canada Applauded by Children’s Mental Health Ontario

Toronto, ON, March 22, 2017 – Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) applauds the investment announced today by the Federal Government toward child and youth mental health. Children's Mental Health Ontario is also pleased to see a continued commitment and funding to address the serious mental health needs of Canada's First Nations and Inuit. First Nations youth die by suicide about 5 to 6 times more often than non-Aboriginal youth.

In the province of Ontario, more than 12,000 children and youth with significant mental health illnesses are currently waiting for more than a year, in some cases, to access treatment at Children's Mental Health Ontario’s community-based centres, while demand for services continues to grow.  With more than 90 centres across Ontario, CMHO is one of the largest service providers of mental health care to children and youth.

“We are pleased that the Government of Canada is making children and youth with mental illness a priority and investing to reduce wait times and ensure improved access to mental health services for youth under 25,” said Kim Moran, CEO, Children’s Mental Health Ontario. "With 70 per cent of mental health problems having their onset during childhood or adolescence, this funding is a much needed and welcomed investment. We look forward to working with governments and other partners in mental health and addictions to help lend our voice and expertise in the sector to develop a detailed plan on how these funds will be spent with the goal of improving access and outcomes for children and their families dealing with mental illness."