Ontario Supporting Mental Health Initiatives in Peel

Published on October 10, 2019

Province Recognizing World Mental Health Day

Mississauga – Suicide continues to be a serious global health problem, with someone losing their life to suicide every 40 seconds. In Ontario, about 14 per cent of high school students reported having seriously contemplated suicide in the past year and about 4 percent reported having attempted suicide.


Today, on October 10th, the government is recognizing the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health Day. This year, WHO has chosen to focus on suicide prevention – an issue that affects many Ontarians each year. On World Mental Health Day, Kaleed Rasheed, MPP for Mississauga – East Cooksville is encouraging Ontarians to come together to raise awareness about mental health and suicide and learn more about suicide prevention resources and local community-based supports.

“Together, we can make a difference for those in our community who struggle with mental health,” said MPP Rasheed. “We all have someone in our life, a friend, family member or colleague, who we can reach out to and support. By working to end the stigma around mental illness, we can prevent the tragedy of suicide and provide better care for people facing mental health challenges.”

The government has made mental health a priority, investing in more on-the-ground services across Ontario, including right here in Mississauga East - Cooksville.

“The increase in funding to our communities is a significant part or our government’s investment of $174 million this year towards addictions and mental health services,” said MPP Rasheed. “At the same time, we will continue to consult with frontline care providers and listen to the people who are most impacted – to ensure residents in Peel will have improved access to care in our community, when and where they need it.”

The government will invest $3.8 billion over 10 years to build a mental health and addictions system where high-quality services are easier to find and focus on better outcomes for Ontarians.

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