PROVINCE INCREASING MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT DURING PANDEMIC

The Ford government’s announcing new programs to help Ontarians cope with the impact of COVID-19.
The province is providing emergency funding of up to $12-million to immediately expand online and virtual mental health supports.
With this money agencies will be able to hire and train more staff and buy necessary equipment and appropriate technology.
”Dealing with an evolving crisis like COVID-19 puts a lot of stress on everyone, including people who are self-isolating, families with kids out of school, and the frontline health care workers and first responders who are keeping us safe each and every day,” says Premier Doug Ford.
The province also announced $2.6-million will allow the OPP to hire mental health workers to support victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes during the pandemic.