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McGuinty Government Continues to Make Progress on Mental Health Strategy

November 2, 2012

McGuinty Government Continues to Make Progress on Mental Health Strategy

Ontario is supporting 600 new mental health workers across the province who are helping children, young people and their families get quicker and easier access to the right mental health services and supports in schools, communities and courts.

These new workers include:

  • 144 nurses working directly in schools to support the early identification and treatment of students with potential mental health and/or addiction issues.
  • 260 new workers in community mental health agencies to provide kids access to services closer to home.
  • 21 new workers in the court system to keep youth out of the justice system and refer them instead to community-based services.
  • 175 additional new workers in schools, who will provide kids support to address their mental health needs.

Ontario also is enhancing supports to prevent youth suicide with a focus on early intervention and peer-to-peer support.

Helping kids get the supports they need is part of the McGuinty government’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategythat is delivering high-quality, timely services and supports to kids and families while building awareness of mental health issues and reducing stigma.


  • Approximately one in five Ontario children and young people have a mental health challenge, and 70 per cent of mental health challenges begin in childhood or adolescence.
  • An estimated 20,000 more kids and their families are benefitting from the support and services provided by these new mental health workers.
  • Over 50,000 kids and their families will benefit from Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.



  • Gabe De Roche
    Minister’s Office
  • Gloria Bacci-Puhl
    Ministry of Children and Youth Services
  • Public info line