Mental Health and Addictions

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It is estimated that one in five Canadians experience mental health and/or addiction problems, and up to 20 per cent of youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder (Source: Mental Health Commission of Canada Report, 2013).

Addiction and mental health are complex issues caused by many contributing factors. Solutions that address the needs of those experiencing mental health and/or addiction challenges are best developed with active, meaningful participation of everyone involved: people with lived experience, families, and service providers.

Aligned with provincial directions and priorities, Central LHIN’s Better Mental Health strategic priority aims to integrate a supportive system of programs and services to enhance the wellness of people with mental illness and addictions and to promote and sustain recovery.

The Central LHIN led and contributed to a number of initiatives in partnership with our stakeholders, including patients with lived experience and their families, to develop and support mental health and addictions programs.

A focal point was increasing access, coordination and integration of services, including stronger links with primary care, reducing wait lists and increasing program capacity. There was also extensive work conducted to assess and respond to the opioid crisis developing across Canada and Ontario.

For a listing of mental health and addiction services in the Central region , visit: