Ontario Recognizing Bell Let’s Talk Day, Supporting Mental Health Initiatives in Mississauga

Published on January 29, 2020

MISSISSAUGA – Every year, more than 1 million Ontarians experience a mental health or addictions challenge, which can have a serious impact on their quality of life, including the ability to go to school or make a living.

Today on Bell Let’s Talk Day, Canadians across the country are joining in on the conversation about mental health. Kaleed Rasheed, MPP for Mississauga East-Cooksville, is encouraging Ontarians to come together to take action on mental health and help create positive change.

“Mental health affects all of us,” said Kaleed Rasheed. “Everyone in our communities can get involved in the important conversations that are taking place on Bell Let’s Talk Day and take action to help those who may be struggling.”

Whether by phone, email or text, there is no better time than today for those in Mississauga East-Cooksville to reach out to one another, talk about mental health and how each member of this community can work together to help those who are struggling.

Ontario is committed to creating a comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions system that works for all Ontarians. That is why the province invested an additional $174 million to expand community-based mental health and addictions services this past year, including supporting people and families in Mississauga.

“I encourage everyone to take part in Bell Let’s Talk Day and help to create positive change,” said MPP Rasheed. “And I urge you to continue these important conversations not just today, but throughout the year so that together we can make a difference in our communities.”

Ontario is investing $3.8 billion over 10 years to create new mental health and addictions services and expand existing programs.

“As the nationwide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA facilitates access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness.  At our CMHA Peel Dufferin Branch, we offer services to anyone 16 and over experiencing an addiction or mental health crisis, seniors with dementia, those navigating the court systems, people who are homeless or facing imminent homelessness and family and caregivers.  If we don’t have a service that suits a client, we know who does and we show them the way.  Our goal is always mental health for all.”  David Smith, CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association Peel Dufferin.