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WATCH: Province pumps money into mental health initiatives

Ontario partners with a list of healthcare providers for $60 million investment

The province, along with CAMH, Sick Kids, Trillium health and a private donor are pumping $60 million into mental health programs over the next six years.

This new Medical Psychiatry Alliance announcement comes on Bell Let's Talk Day.

It's for programs like making sure mental illness is properly diagnosed, treating it with physical health issues and for creating a simulation centre so not only students but people on the job know how to deal with mental illness.

There would also be a program for researching and testing new ways to deliver psychiatric care at home.

Health Minister Deb Matthews says there has been a long-time stigma in society when it comes to mental illness. She says she hates to admit it but there also has been a stigmatization in the health system as well.

She offers things have improved over the past few years.

But Matthews still wants things to change because mental health hasn't received the attention it deserves in the past.

The province is in the middle of a 10-year mental health plan.

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  1. Jack posted on 01/28/2014 02:54 PM
    They're shooting themselves in the foot; with better treatment available for mental illness, there will be fewer people mentally ill enough to vote Liberal or NDP in the next election.
    1. Frankie posted on 01/28/2014 04:52 PM
      @Jack Brilliant! The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. Guess they forgot about that.

      No question mental illness is a serious matter however that doesn't prohibit one from using the subject for humour.
  2. karen posted on 01/28/2014 04:14 PM
    That confirms it - it was a psychiatry income scam all along. The province needs to put money into mental health care that works such as community care and psychologists, and should be doing a full royal commission inquiry into the incompetency, negligence and some would say nastiness of poor-performing psychiatry.
  3. karen posted on 01/28/2014 04:22 PM
    The mentally ill need housing supports, good therapy and sound prescribing. Since OHIP already covers prescribing, even when it is often poorly done, any money given in this way will detract from efforts to support those who need help.

    It's just more income for those who do not help the mentally ill effectively. It's time to make the system work for those who need help, not just those who bend the naive minister's ear, in order to help themselves.
  4. Lisa posted on 01/28/2014 05:22 PM
    Let's all jump on the bandwagon and say we are going to do our best to help those suffering from a mental illness.....the government will say anything to make themselves look proactive.
    How does one find a mental health professional to help--when there is such a shortage of doctors?
    Is this money that Deb Matthews pledged for all of Ontario or just those lucky enough to live in the south part of the province?
    Lets wait and see..a year or two from now what the government has done to improve the situation.
    Finding appropriate health care that is affordable has always been a issue in the province, Just ask the parents of troubled teens and children.
    Sounds like the government is responding but don't hold your breath just yet.
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