Ontario to spend $12.4M on mental health services for health workers

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The Ontario Fall Economic Statement will earmark funding to maintain and expand mental health services for frontline health-care workers facing pandemic-related pressures, Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy says.

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The commitment means $12.4 million over two years for mental health programs for health-care workers, as well as $23.6 million for internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy which is accessed by over 68,900 Ontarians, including almost 10,000 frontline health-care workers, the government said.

Long-term Care Minister Rod Phillips said the funding will benefit the 100,000 frontline workers who are employed in the nursing home sector.

“It’s so important that we deliver the level of staffing that is critical to make sure that our seniors, our residents, get the care that they need and that’s why the historic commitment of four hours of care, adding now over 27,000 new staff, and those staff, of course, to care for our elders need support,” Phillips said Tuesday.

The government says the funding will go to mental health and addiction services provided through hospitals, weekly online peer discussion groups, and confidential support from a clinician.

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Psychologists specializing in trauma, mood, and anxiety disorders will be available, and workplace mental health training will be provided to health-care workers as well, the government said.



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