Province releases Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, “Open Minds, Healthy Minds”

Today, the Ontario government announced its release of “Open Minds, Healthy Minds: Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy”. The strategy will focus on creating a more coordinated and responsive mental health system in Ontario.  


“Open Minds, Healthy Minds” is broad and comprehensive, building on the recommendations provided by the Minister’s Advisory Group in “Respect, Recovery, Resilience” Recommendations for Ontario’s Mental Health Strategy”. The strategy will target children and youth for the first three years, focusing on fast access to high-quality services, early identification and support, and helping vulnerable children with unique needs.  


The strategy will also focus on building awareness and support around mental health and addictions issues by reducing stigma and discrimination, identifying problems and intervening early, as well as delivering more high quality and timely supports.  


For further information, please click here for  the news release from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care:  


http://www.news.ontario.ca/mcys/en/2011/06/improving-mental-health-supports-for-ontario-kids-and-families.html


To view “Open Minds, Healthy Minds: Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy” please click on the link:


http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/pub/mental/pdf/open_minds_healthy_minds_en.pdf