Join us on May 6th 2017, for a peaceful march starting and concluding at Nathan Phillips Square, to raise awareness for mental illness and demonstrate the importance of mental health care improvements.
Bring your signs, your loved ones, and your voice.
While fantastic initiatives have increased awareness and helped reduce some of the stigma surrounding mental health issues, the supply for mental health services does not meet the demand. More and more people are feeling comfortable to speak out and ask for help, only to find there are not enough services available when they do.
The recent federal health accord committed 5 billion additional dollars to mental health care over the next 10 years – Ontario’s share is 1.92 billion dollars. While this sounds like a substantial amount, and it's a great start, when broken down among the population of Ontario it represents only about $14 per person per year.
Canada prides itself on having a universal healthcare system, yet when it comes to mental health care, a two-tier system still exists - those who can afford to pay for immediate care receive it, while those who cannot are forced to wait, often with fatal consequences.
Too many Canadians are falling through the cracks due to a lack of funding for mental health care, resulting in staggering economic and human costs. It's time for more than talk. It's time for ACTION.