MPPs demand government action on Mental Health

QUEEN’S PARK – Mental health issues dominated question period today. MPP Jim McDonell challenged the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Helena Jaczek, on the urgent need for programs and services to support the vulnerable residents of Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry who are coping with mental health concerns.

“It is unacceptable that Ontarians, especially children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with mental health issues, are not getting the care they need and deserve due to capacity and resource-related constraints” stated MPP McDonell. “Considering that in this year alone, 1 in 5 Canadians will personally experience a mental health problem, this lack of access needs to be addressed quickly, efficiently, and effectively. We asked the Government to match the federal funding commitment for mental health – why won’t they make preserving Ontarians’ mental health and lives a priority?”

As an example, MPP McDonell cited the lack of a child psychologist at the new Cornwall Mental Health facility when it opened.

“When the most vulnerable members of our society, who are suffering from mental health issues or addictions, fall through the cracks the consequences can be catastrophic for families and even whole communities” concluded McDonell. “Our front-line community workers know what’s needed. What will it take for this government to listen and commit to providing essential mental health services for Ontarians?”