Posted On: Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Ontario is investing $6 million in local mental health services to help an estimated additional 4,000 children and youth, and their families each year.
Approximately one in five children and youth in Ontario experience a mental health challenge. About 70 per cent of mental health challenges have their onset in childhood or youth. Early identification and intervention can lead to improved achievement in school and better health outcomes in life.
With this investment, approximately 80 new child and youth mental health workers are being hired to provide local mental health services, including early identification and intervention, crisis services, counselling and supports for families.
Lead agencies for child and youth mental health led local planning for the additional $6 million in funding supports, in 33 service areas across Ontario. This funding has been allocated to, and supports the work of, local, community-based, mental health services for children and youth. Lead agencies work directly with schools, hospitals, and other community partners to make sure mental health services meet the needs of those who need them, close to home.
Every child and youth deserves the opportunity to thrive and have the best possible start in life. Increasing mental health supports for children and youth is one way Ontario is working to support families and create positive environments so all of our children and youth can reach their full potential.