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Make mental health a priority!

For Immediate Release – May 20, 2014 (Toronto) – With the spring election on June 12, 2014, it is important that mental health and addictions are put front and centre. To that end, the Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance has put together an election kit, to urge the provincial parties and their leaders to commit much-needed resources to the mental health system – and ensure that people living with mental health or addictions are not forgotten.

Our asks:

1) Make a full range of mental health and addiction services and supports accessible to every person in Ontario, when and where needed

2) Ensure that people with mental health and/or addiction issues have access to safe and affordable housing, with supports as needed.

3) Engage stakeholders in meaningful collaboration to provide guidance on the implementation of Ontario’s mental health and addiction initiatives.

Throughout the election kit, there are tips for publicizing and promoting these three commitments online through social media and in-person through meetings with political candidates. The hashtag #vote4MHA has been created specifically for this campaign.

You can download the election kit here

In 2011, the SSO facilitated the formation of the Ontario Mental Health & Addictions Alliance, a coalition of provincial mental health and addictions organizations that came together to make these issues an election priority. Since then, the Alliance and its member organizations have been very active in promoting positive system change and will continue to work to ensure that mental health and addictions become a priority for Ontario’s government.

The Alliance includes:
Addictions and Mental Health Ontario
Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Children’s Mental Health Ontario
Mood Disorders Association of Ontario
Ontario Association of Patient Councils
Ontario Peer Development Initiative
Schizophrenia Society of Ontario
For more info about the Mental Health and Addictions Alliance, please visit

Media contact: Alexander Ross, Communications Officer, Schizophrenia Society of Ontario, 416 449 6830 x 257

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people, families and communities affected by schizophrenia and psychotic illnesses. The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario is a province-wide charitable organization that was founded in 1979 by Bill and Dorothy Jefferies in an attempt to build awareness about serious mental illnesses and to support families and individuals living with these illnesses.
Today, the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario provides a range of support services; education initiatives; awareness, information and knowledge building programs; advocacy; youth-oriented programming and a diverse research program with both funded independent studies and in-house research; all geared to breaking down stigma and improving the quality of life for individuals who are living with schizophrenia and psychosis and their families and caregivers.