SafeTOs priority actions

Toronto Community Crisis Service mid-year progress report confirms positive outcome

eAwaz Local News

Toronto – Toronto City Council received a six-month evaluation report on the implementation and operations of the Toronto Community Crisis Service (TCCS) pilots. The third-party report confirmed the pilots have successfully diverted 78 per cent of mental health crisis calls received by 911 with no police involvement. TCCS is a new, alternative model of crisis response for Toronto residents that launched …

Crown Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett

Canada-wide network to support mental health, substance use services

eAwaz Medicine

The Integrated Youth Services Network of Networks connects integrated youth service hubs across Canada to create a learning health system to improve health outcomes for youth Toronto – Research shows that 75% of mental illness begins before age 25. There is a need to make sure that young people have the mental health and substance use support they need, when …

Autism Spectrum Disorder Strategic Fund

Funding to Address Covid-19 Challenges for Autistic People

eAwaz Health

Toronto – COVID-19 presented significant challenges to accessing resources for Autistic people and their families. With the abrupt closures of schools, therapy centres, respite services, and recreational programs, many were suddenly without support. In addition, due to the pandemic, many people in Canada, including Autistic people continue to experience increased stress, anxiety, and depression. Disrupted routines and restricted or reduced …

Crown Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett

Investing in mental health and distress centres

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Distress centres are experiencing a surge in demand with the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health Toronto – Distress centres are life-saving resources in our communities which have seen a surge in demand for their crisis services since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, announced an investment …

Students to have free menstrual products Stephen Lecce

Protections Against Bullying and Violence at School

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Partnerships will Help to Combat Sex-trafficking, Violence and Bullying of Students TORONTO — The Ontario government is investing more than $550,000 in initiatives that will help keep kids safe in class and online. The funding will support programs that combat sex-trafficking, violence against women, bullying and cyberbullying. According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 23 per cent of …