Ontario Government Takes Action on Campuses to Support Student Mental Health

Source: 
Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Ontario's government is putting students first by increasing funding to expand mental health services for postsecondary students across the province.

Today, the Minister of Colleges and Universities, at Ryerson University announced an additional investment of $1 million to help Kids Help Phone to expand Good2Talk/Allo J'écoute services in order to reach and support more postsecondary students. 

Good2Talk is Ontario's bilingual mental health support service, providing professional counselling, information and referrals, and is available to all postsecondary students 24/7, 365 days a year. This investment will enable Good2Talk to offer help through Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone, a platform that provides trained volunteer support through text message, and will ensure students at Indigenous Institutes in Ontario are aware of this free service for all postsecondary students.

This investment builds on other investments made in the postsecondary sector to provide students with the supports and services they need and enables a more seamless partnership between the postsecondary sector and community mental health service providers. "For the past year, we've been travelling the province to hear about the changes Ontarians expect to see in our province's mental health and addictions system," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. "Expanding programs like Good2Talk is another example of how our government is listening and delivering more options for mental health services for Ontario students.

We are taking a cross-government approach to build a mental health and addictions system and will soon launch Ontario's mental health and addictions strategy - a roadmap toward meaningfully improving the care Ontarians receive."

Supporting mental health and wellness on campus is part of Ontario's plan to build healthier communities and a comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions system that ensures children, youth and adults have access to supports where and when they need them.