MPP Piccini Recognizing Bell Let’s Talk Day, Supporting Mental Health Initiatives in Northumberland-Peterborough SouthPublished on January 29, 2020
Every year two million Ontarians go to their family doctor for mental health or addictions challenge
COBOURG, ON – Today on Bell Let’s Talk Day, Canadians across the country are joining in on the conversation about mental health. David Piccini, MPP for Northumberland-Peterborough South, is encouraging Ontarians to come together to take action on mental health and help create positive change.
“Mental health affects all of us,” said MPP David Piccini. “Everyone in our communities can get involved in the important conversations that are taking place on Bell Let’s Talk Day and take action to help those who may be struggling.”
Bell Let’s Talk Day is a day to raise awareness about mental health as well as reduce the stigma that affects so many Ontarians. This year’s theme is every action counts.
MPP Piccini had the opportunity to visit and tour Northumberland Hills Hospital’s (NHH) Community Mental Health Services clinic earlier today, located at 1011 Elgin Street West, Suite 200 in Cobourg. Jennifer Cox, NHH’s Integrated Director, Mental Health, Community Programs and Services, toured MPP Piccini around the clinic with members of the care team. A key focus of the tour was the popular walk-in counselling option (www.mentalhealthwalkinclinic.ca) delivered in partnership with Rebound Child and Youth Services and now available two days a week for children, youth and adults aged seven and up.
“Bell Let’s Talk day provides a great opportunity for everyone to take a moment and think about their own mental health and our ability to positively impact the mental health of others,” said Cox. “The best way to create lasting impact from this important one day campaign is to raise our awareness all year round. Being aware of the impact we can have on our own mental health and that of others gives us the power to impact positive change and to change the dialogue surrounding mental health into positive action for mental wellness.”
“I encourage everyone to take part in Bell Let’s Talk Day and help us break down barriers and talk about mental health,” said MPP David Piccini. “Together, we can work to break the stigma around mental illness, and find the most effective solutions.”
Whether you are talking by phone, email or text, there is no better time than today for those across the province to reach out to one another, talk about mental health, and how we can work together to help those who are struggling.
Our government made a promise to the people of Ontario that we would create a comprehensive, connected, and integrated mental health and addictions system, so that every Ontarian will have the opportunity to be fully supported on their journey towards mental wellness. That is why the province invested an additional $174 million to expand community-based mental health and addictions services this past year.
And we are proud to continue fulfilling on that promise by making mental health a priority. Ontario is investing $3.8 billion over 10 years to create new mental health and addictions services and expand existing programs.
Having conversations online, at work, or in your local community will shine a spotlight and spread awareness on an issue that affects millions of people across Ontario each and every year. With your help, we will make a difference this Bell Let’s Talk Day.