Statement from the Ontario PC Party on World Mental Health Day

Published on October 10, 2015

On World Mental Health Day, the Ontario PC Party stands in solidarity with Ontarians and Canadians directly and indirectly affected by mental illness.

“World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for Ontarians to learn and discuss mental health problems and understand that mental illness can affect anyone,” stated PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek (Elgin-Middlesex-London).  “The Ontario PC Party believes that mental health is just as important as physical health.  We need to treat it that way.”

Affecting one in five Canadians, mental illness is a leading cause of disability in Canada.

“This year, World Mental Health Day is focused on dignity in mental health.   Sadly, people with mental illnesses are often faced with misunderstanding, and even blame,” added MPP Yurek. “The Ontario PC Party believes we have a responsibility to raise awareness of what can be done to ensure people with mental health conditions live with dignity, respect and inclusion.”

“I commend the numerous organizations and front-line workers providing leadership increasing the awareness of, and working to, provide equitable access to mental health services," said Leader of the Official Opposition Patrick Brown. "Mental illness affects Ontarians of every age and demographic and yet services remain inadequate. We need to work to combat the stigma associated with mental health, start talking and provide greater access to treatment."