Helping Ontarians Living with Mental and Physical Illnesses


Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, January 28, 2014 – Ontario Teaming Up With Mental Health Leaders to Create Medical Psychiatry Alliance: Ontario is helping up to 500,000 people who are either at-risk of, or currently living with both physical and mental illnesses, get the care and treatment they need.

The province is joining forces with The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Trillium Health Partners, the University of Toronto and a private donor to provide a total of $60 million in new funding for the creation of the Medical Psychiatry Alliance.

The Medical Psychiatry Alliance members will lead the initiative, which will support people across the province over the next six years by:

  • Developing new screening and diagnostic tools to ensure patients are properly diagnosed.
  • Ensuring physical and mental illnesses are treated simultaneously so patients and their families receive the best care available.
  • Developing specialized clinical training for medical students focused on the management of co-occurring physical and mental illness.
  • Creating a simulation centre for students and professionals to learn and test new approaches to treating physical and mental illness using actor patients in realistic scenarios.
  • Researching and testing new ways to deliver psychiatric care at home.

Helping people with physical and mental illnesses supports Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy and Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care, by providing the right mental health care, at the right time and in the right place. This is part of the Ontario government’s economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is providing the Medical Psychiatry Alliance with up to $20 million over the next six years to lead the initiative.
  • A private philanthropist is donating $20 million to the work of the Medical Psychiatry Alliance over the same period. The members of the Alliance are contributing $20 million as well.
  • In Ontario, over 1.3 million people experience physical illness and mental illness at the same time.
  • Up to 25 per cent of people living with chronic health issues also live with mental illnesses that contribute to their physical illness.
  • Ontario is announcing this investment on Bell Canada’s Let’s Talk Day, which raises funds for mental health awareness across Canada.
  • On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell Canada will donate 5 cents to mental health initiatives on behalf of customers for every text message sent, long distance call made, or tweet using #BellLetsTalk.




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