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  • November 02, 2012


Gravelle and Mauro announce progress on Mental Health Strategy

November 2, 2012 - Twenty mental health workers in Thunder Bay and region are helping children, young people and their families get quicker and easier access to the right mental health services and supports.

These workers are part of the 600 new mental health workers hired across the province, including:

  • 144 nurses working directly in schools to support the early identification and treatment of students with potential mental health and/or addiction issues

  • 260 new workers in community mental health agencies to provide kids access to services closer to home
  • 21 new workers in the court system to keep youth out of the justice system and refer them instead to community-based services.
  • 175 additional new workers in schools, who will provide kids support to address their mental health needs.  

Ontario also is enhancing supports to prevent youth suicide with a focus on early intervention and peer-to-peer support.

Helping kids get the supports they need is part of the McGuinty government’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy that is delivering high-quality, timely services and supports to kids and families while building awareness of mental health issues and reducing stigma.


“I’m proud that our government is providing these additional 20 mental health professionals to work in prevention, support and early intervention. This is direct and meaningful investment in the health and welfare of young people in our communities here in the North, and will help kids and their families in a very tangible way.” – Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North

"These additional resources will strengthen the mental supports and services available for children and young people in Thunder Bay and throughout Northwestern Ontario. This is a critical age to address mental health challenges. Our government is helping to build a more comprehensive mental health support system for our region's young people and their families." – Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan

“Our mental health strategy has led to an unprecedented investment in mental health services for young people and their families. These 600 new mental health workers are already helping more than 20,000 kids get quicker and easier access to the services that will help them succeed. We are also enhancing our focus on preventing youth suicide by supporting early intervention and peer-to-peer support.”— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Children and Youth Services


  • Approximately one in five Ontario children and young people have a mental health challenge, and 70 per cent of mental health challenges begin in childhood or adolescence.
  • An estimated 20,000 more kids and their families are benefitting from the support and services provided by these new mental health workers.
  • Over 50,000 kids and their families will benefit from Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.


Find out how Ontario is helping children and youth with mental health challenges succeed.

Read Open Minds, Healthy Minds: Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.

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