Mental health care for Ontario children and youth face a series of challenges including program cuts due to chronic underfunding; skyrocketing hospitalization rates; and, long waiting lists for treatment that continue to grow.
Each year, 120,000 families rely on community-based child and youth mental health services. But many more kids and families in need are not able to get these services.
Wait times are long, and as many as 5 out of 6 kids with mental health issues don’t get the treatment they need. That means that thousands and thousands, and thousands more kids need our help, and can’t get it. And if the government doesn’t take urgent action, they never will.
In the absence of adequate community care, children and youth often seek treatment in hospitals – only to be discharged without the ongoing support they need at home and in their community.
The Wynne government can fix this by taking action to increase funding to community mental health programs by $120 million per year to ensure that no child or young person waits longer than 30 days for mental health treatment.
Let’s continue to make Ontario a better place for families by prioritizing child and youth mental health.
Tell the Wynne government that kids can’t wait any longer!
Make your voice heard
Ontario’s child and youth mental health system is faced with a skyrocketing demand for services leading to lengthy wait times of up to 18 months.
Over 120,000 children and youth rely on community based mental health services, and while the Ontario government has made progress toward key commitments for improvements to the system, the fact remains that too many children and youth do not receive the services they desperately need.
Ontario children and youth deserve timely and effective mental health treatment when and where they need it. They need you to invest more in community based mental health services today. Please act quickly to increase funding.
cc: Ontario Minister of Health, Ontario Minister of Children and Youth Services