Today, 74% of Ontarians are experiencing increased mental health and substance use challenges.
Too many Ontarians are waiting too long for access to mental health and addiction care. It was a crisis before COVID-19. The pandemic has made it even worse.
In response, a group of organizations have launched the Everything Is Not OK campaign in Ontario.
Collectively through this campaign, organizations are calling on government to take immediate action to reduce wait times for mental health and addictions services across the lifespan and to focus on the necessary system changes that are required to deliver on a comprehensive and connected system.
The campaign calls for a fully funded mental health and addiction wait times strategy that provides:
- Consistent care. Because regardless of whether you are in northern or rural Ontario or downtown Toronto, all Ontarians should get the same, high-quality care.
- Faster care. Because people are waiting too long to get the support and treatment they are looking for.
- Easier access to care. Because getting care is currently too complicated and Ontarians don’t know where to turn for mental health or addiction services.
To learn more about the campaign or join the conversation online, visit:
- Website: https://everythingisnotok.ca/
- Twitter: @endwaittimes
- Instagram: @endwaittimes
- Facebook: Everything is Not OK
The organizations behind the campaign are: Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO), Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores), Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, The Royal, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Canadian Mental Health Association – Ontario (CMHA).