QUEEN’S PARK – Yesterday Burlington MPP, Joyce Savoline, spoke in favour of her PC Caucus colleague, MPP Christine Elliott’s, PC Motion on mental health and addictions.The PC motion called upon the McGuinty government to recognize the crisis Ontario families are facing regarding access to mental health and addictions treatment. The PC motion also calls for an action plan that reflects the recommendations made by the Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions, within the next 60 days.
Despite the Committee’s report being adopted unanimously by the Legislature 169 days ago, a concrete plan for implementation has yet to be presented. The Report offered 23 recommendations which, if followed, would quickly and drastically improve the delivery of mental health and addictions services in Ontario.
In response to the motion, the McGuinty government committed to bringing forward an action plan this spring and voted in favour of the PC motion.
“ Mental health and addictions have been an invisible issue in Ontario for far too long. The blueprint for action has already been provided by the Select Committee’s Report which was accepted by the Legislature. There is no reason why we shouldn’t move forward with the implementation immediately.”
– MPP Joyce Savoline (Burlington)
“I am pleased that the McGuinty government has made a firm commitment today in response to our motion”
– MPP Christine Elliott (Whitby-Oshawa), Ontario PC Deputy Leader and Health Critic
· 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. The remaining 4 will have a friend, family member or colleague who will.
· Suicide is the leading cause of non-accidental death among 10 to 19 year olds.
· According to the World Health Organization, depression will be the single biggest medical burden on healthcare by 2020
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Joyce Savoline, MPP