Ontario announces increased funding for post-secondary mental health services

Posted on May 9th, 2017

The government of Ontario has announced a “substantial” $6 million increase to annual funding for college and university mental health services.

Provincial support of on-campus mental health care resources will rise from $9 million to $15 million per year, said Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development Deb Matthews on Wednesday.

“We really do think that, by enhancing services right on campus, it will get people the care they need more quickly and in a way that meets their needs,” Matthews told the Star.

“We know that many students don’t complete (post-secondary) because of mental health concerns, so this is also part of our determination to support students through to graduation.”

Matthews said she has heard the call for enhanced on-campus mental health care from students, faculty and administrators alike, “in every single meeting I’ve had with (them).”

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