Ontario children and youth can wait up to 18 months for mental health care. That’s not right.

Act now to tell Premier Wynne that child and youth mental health care urgently needs funding.

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the issues

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. Sometimes kids never get the care they need.

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!