The numbers are in. According to the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association’s (ONPHA) latest report, the province needs 68 per cent more social housing units. This is the increase that would be required to house all of the Ontario households currently waiting for rent-geared-to-income (RGI) units. This is a 4.2 per cent increase over last year.
As post-secondary students get into the swing of classes and extracurricular activities, academic, financial and personal challenges can contribute to significant stress, anxiety and depression. A few students may even contemplate suicide, which is the second most common cause of death for individuals aged 18 to 24.
Gail Czukar has accepted the position of CEO for Addictions and Mental Health Ontario, an organization of community-governed, not-for-profit agencies that provide a full continuum of services and supports to help individuals in Ontario facing mental health and addiction issues.
The Ontario government has announced that it will undertake a collaborative approach to ensure that provincial hospitals have the capacity to support injured children, whether Palestinian or Israeli, who are victims of the current crisis in the Middle East.
A new initiative to increase access to mental health and addiction services for First Nations communities has resulted in increased dialogue between partners and the Minweyaanigoziwin Mapping Project, a new website that links Kenora-area First Nations residents with service providers.
A new report by the Select Committee on Developmental Services details 46 recommendations for developmental services in Ontario, emphasizing the need to reduce waitlists for individuals waiting for care.
One of the first measures of the new Liberal Government in Ontario was to re-release its 2014-2015 budget, Building Opportunity, Securing Our Future. CMHA Ontario has provided the following budget breakdown that may be of use for mental health and addictions organizations.
There are signs that police forces across Ontario are trying to work to better respond to individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis.
The Government of Ontario’s Budget for 2014 acknowledges that “there are 1.65 million people in Ontario who have a physical, mental, sensory or learning disability, 63 per cent of whom are aged 15 to 64 — the cohort most likely to be participating in the labour force.”