Mental Health Week – May 4th - 10
Maintaining good mental health is important – most of us know that. But good mental health is not only the avoidance of serious mental illness. It also includes aspects of our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Our mental health affects how we think, feel, and act. It can also determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
Mental health is an important issue for everyone - at every stage of life. That is why the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) established Mental Health Week in 1951 to raise awareness of the importance of looking after your own mental health and supporting the needs of those in our community.
In Waterloo Wellington, mental health and addictions are a major challenge for the health and well-bring of our residents. The Waterloo Wellington LHIN is working in partnership with our network of 12 mental health and addictions health service providers to implement Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health & Addictions Strategy. The strategy includes $138 million over three years for community agencies to support improvements to mental health and addictions services.
In 2015, an additional $2 million investment was announced for in Waterloo Wellington to fund high priority services such as supportive housing for those with extraordinary needs, community based counselling for those dealing with eating disorders, addictions specific case management programs and more. These will make it easier for residents to access services when they need help the most.
“We have all been touched by mental health and addiction challenges - whether through a friend, a co-worker, a family member or our own experience. By continuing to invest in community services, we’re helping to connect people with the support they need closer to home through settings that are more culturally appropriate and personal. These investments will improve the lives of people experiencing mental illness and addictions challenges - and the families that help care for them.”
Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
Mental Health in Waterloo Wellington
Additionally, in the past year the Waterloo Wellington LHIN has provided funding to improve the access to and quality of care in these areas:
- HERE 24/7
- Crisis line supports
- Therapeutic care for addictions recovery facilities
- Mobile Crisis Units
- Geriatric Nursing
- Suicide prevention and counselling for the bereaved
To learn more about mental health and addictions services in our region visit our Health Service Provider listing or read our featured stories: