MPP Natalia Kusendova Welcomes New Commitments to Mental Health in the Community

Published on January 25, 2021

MPP Natalia Kusendova Welcomes New Commitments to Mental Health in the Community

MISSISSAUGA CENTRE — This week, the province of Ontario announced over $12 million dollars in funding commitments that will go toward expanding mental health beds in hospitals across the province and, moreover, bolstering mental health programming for Ontario’s seniors as they endure difficult periods of isolation. This funding is part of the government’s comprehensive mental health and addictions plan, Roadmap to Wellness, which focuses on delivering high-quality care and building a modern, connected and comprehensive system to support those dealing with mental health and addictions issues. This announcement is light Bell Let’s Talk Day 

Within this commitment exceeding $12 million includes several noteworthy areas of focus, including $10.9 million in 2021 to create an additional 46 in-patient mental health beds in 16 hospitals across the province, $1.1 million to support the operations of the Baycrest Hospital Behavioural Neurology Unit, up to $164,000 in additional funding to support the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) Wellbeing in Later-Life education and awareness program for seniors and, lastly, enhanced support to the Seniors Safety Line with an additional investment of up to $130,000.

Two hospitals located in the community of Peel Region will receive additional in-patient mental health beds as a result of this announcement. William Osler Health System in Brampton will receive nearly $467,200, providing two new beds, while Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga will receive nearly $934,400 to supply the hospital with an additional four beds. With these new beds, hospitals like these across the province have greater capacity to handle Ontarians who find themselves in a mental health crisis. The government of Ontario will always prioritise the comprehensive health and well-being of Ontarians, and this will always include a substantial commitment to mental health.

“As someone with a strong background in our public health system, and as a lifelong advocate for mental health, this recent news that will directly benefit hospitals and seniors in our community is timely and important,” said MPP Kusendova. “I have seen first-hand how mental health struggles can impact Ontarians no matter their background, and it is an issue that has become exacerbated by the pandemic we find ourselves in now. Funding like this from the province demonstrates that mental health is health.”