National Addictions Awareness Week is November 19-25 

National addictions awareness week. More than 60,000 people will access information and services through the new Here 24/7 each year. Call anytime to access Addictions, mental health & crisis services. 1 844 437 3247

WWLHIN Mental Health & Addictions

Waterloo Wellington has 16 Community Mental Health and Addictions Services. These services include Here 24/7 which provides easily accessible information and referral for addictions and mental health programs and services across Waterloo Wellington with one phone number. The first of its kind in Ontario, Here 24/7 has experienced remarkable uptake and is serving a valuable role in helping residents and identifying community need. The program has had more than 36,000 contacts since its launch in April. With additional investment from the WWLHIN, Here 24/7 has been able to hire additional staff to assist with the overwhelming volume of residents needing assistance. 

Key Statistics 

  • In 2012, 17% of WWLHIN residents (approximately 97,450) over the age of 15, reported needing Mental Health and Addictions supports.  
  • 18% of WWLHIN residents are affected by addictions (compared to 16% provincial average). Substance abuse or heavy drinking has been the primary issue.  
  • More people are hospitalized for self-harm in WWLHIN than provincial average (74 compared to 63 per 100,000). 

The WWLHIN Mental Health and Addictions Strategy seeks to address gaps in mental health and addictions services, especially for children and youth. This strategy is aligned with the Province’s long-term comprehensive addictions and mental health strategy called Open Minds, Healthy Minds, which has four main priorities: 

  • Improve mental health and well-being for all Ontarians 
  • Create healthy, resilient, inclusive communities 
  • Identify and intervene in mental health and addictions problems early 
  • Provide timely, high quality, integrated, person-directed health and other human services 

National Addictions Awareness Week is November 19-25 

Organizations and individuals across the country recognize National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW) which seeks to raise awareness on addictions issues and other drug-related harm. These issues affect individual’s families and communities. The NAAW also provides an opportunity for people to learn more about substance abuse prevention, to talk about treatment and recovery, and to bring forward solutions for change. People with a mental illness and/or addictions need timely access to health and social services that meet their needs. These services which should be integrated include housing, income support, employment and the justice system.