Ontario is supporting 14 projects that will help more postsecondary students get access to mental health services faster.
Premier Kathleen Wynne was in Sault Ste. Marie Friday to make the announcement at the Health and Wellness Centre at Sault College.
70 per cent of mental health and addiction issues start when people are young, so identifying and treating them early helps young people get back on track to achieving their full potential.
“To build a brighter future for our province, we need to build a brighter future for every one of our students” Wynne said.
“Every college and university student in Ontario should have access to the support they need to enjoy good mental and physical health throughout their learning journey. Through the Mental Health Innovation Fund and other important initiatives, Ontario is working to ensure that every single student who needs help can turn to co-ordinated, high-quality mental health care.” said Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
Wynne made the announcement with Sault MPP David Orazietti and Dr. Ron Common, President of Sault College.
The province is investing $454,000 over two years to extend the Sault College Mental Health Hub
(2015-16: $227,000 and in 2016-17: $227,000). Sault College, in collaboration with Algoma University and other key community partners, will have the opportunity to build on the operations of its existing Mental Health Hub. The other key local partners in the Mental Health Hub include Sault Area Hospital, CMHA Algoma, Algoma District School Board, Huron Superior Catholic District School Board and St. John’s Ambulance. The model will be enhanced by:
providing cultural competency training to staff, including Aboriginal services;
expanding services for students in residence with substance use issues;
developing transition programming for students in secondary school; and
developing a service model framework to be shared with other postsecondary institutions.
“Today’s funding announcement will ensure the continued success of our Mental Health Hub and provide critical supports to our students,” said Dr. Ron Common, President, Sault College. “The additional funding will help students deal with mental health issues and provide the necessary supports to stay in school and graduate successfully. We are particularly pleased at the focus on Aboriginal students who account for 20% of Sault College student population. Sault College’s Mental Health Hub incorporates traditional Aboriginal approaches to healing as an option. Thank you to the Ontario government for recognizing the important responsibility of ensuring the safety and well-being of our students.”
Providing more mental health support at colleges and universities supports the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
“Every college and university student in Ontario should have access to the supports they need to enjoy good mental and physical health throughout their learning journey. Through the Mental Health Innovation Fund and other important projects like the Mental Health Hub, Ontario is working to ensure that every single student who needs help can turn to coordinated, high-quality mental health care.”
— Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities