Why the world must pay attention to the $2.1 billion Ontario pledged towards mental health

One Young World
Apr 30, 2018 · 4 min read

$2.1 billion!

Hope was what I was what I realised I needed after trying to commit suicide.

Because as somebody who has attempted suicide and who lives with anxiety and depression and who has been to 14 funerals of death by suicide, it can really get to you when you keep seeing these mental health pilot projects and band aid solutions for huge systemic problems.

Alicia, standing in the bottom left of the photo, was invited to the press conference where the announcement was made.

One out of three people who need mental health services will get treatment. Why? Because although more Canadians live with mental health issues than cancer and heart disease combined, we only receive 8% of the funding. Until now.

Alicia spoke at the OYW 2016 Summit in Ottawa, Canada.

In mental health it doesn’t work to simply incorporate ready-packaged solutions from one place to another. Systems need to be built to cater for specific communities.

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Where young leaders start leading. Summit 2018: The Hague. #OYW www.oneyoungworld.com

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