Equity issues have a significant and often negative impact on the people, communities and health care system of Ontario. Consider that:
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers.
- People with mental health issues face discrimination in employment, housing and many other essential and health-promoting areas of life.
- Northern Ontarians face the highest rates of depression, hospitalization and medication use, but have access to less comprehensive, available and accessible mental health services and supports.
- CMHA Ontario is pleased to launch Advancing Equity in Mental Health in Ontario: Understanding Key Concepts. This discussion paper seeks to increase understanding and dialogue within Ontario’s health system by creating a common language for talking about equity issues in mental health.
Publication Date: May, 2014