Ontario Increasing Mental Health Support During COVID-19

A triage support worker taking hotline calls at Hamilton’s Crisis Outreach And Support Team (COAST)
Source: COAST (via CBC News)

Date Published: April 2, 2020

The Ontario government is providing emergency funding of up to $12 million to expand online and virtual mental health support and $2.6 million to hire new psychologists and other mental health workers to support Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) personnel during the COVID-19 outbreak. The online and virtual mental health supports are to help those experiencing mental health challenges but are unable to access regular in-person counselling support. The emergency funding will expand services and enable mental health agencies to hire and train more staff, and purchase the needed equipment, technology, and licenses. The funds to help the OPP hire mental health workers will enable development and delivery of mental health support programming specific to policing needs as well as education programs to reduce stigma, promote resiliency, and to encourage accessing help when facing mental health challenges. Current ways for Ontarians to find help and additional resources are provided in the news release.

Read the full announcement here: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/ontario-increasing-mental-health-support-during-covid-19.html

Summary by: Jayoti Rana