|Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, issued the following statement on Bell Let’s Talk Day, which is today, January 26:
“Mental health and addictions challenges can affect individuals of all ages and every walk of life. They are our neighbours, co-workers, and our friends and family. Today on Bell Let’s Talk Day, our government is encouraging everyone to join the conversation about mental health issues and those who live with them.
COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our lives, including our mental health and well-being. Now more than ever, every action counts and the seemingly small things can make a big difference. A phone call, text message, or a smile can let others know you care and take the first important step in supporting someone to get the help they might need.
As we continue the fight against COVID-19 and respond to the Omicron variant, supporting those with mental health and addictions challenges continues to be a top priority for our government. That’s why we continue to implement and strengthen our comprehensive plan, Roadmap to Wellness, to build a fully connected mental health and addictions system across the province that provides the support Ontarians need, when they need it. This includes expanding access to free virtual and online mental health services for all Ontarians, as well as dedicated supports for frontline health care workers as they continue their efforts to provide high-quality care to patients.
Today on Bell Let’s Talk Day, let’s all do our part to get involved, get talking and help break down the stigma around mental health.”