The tremendous gap in care
There are no long-term residential treatment and recovery programs in Ontario for young adults with serious mental illness.
160,000 Ontarians face serious mental illness
1 in 24
Young adults have serious mental illness
Mental health problems are magnified for young adults
At a time of great developmental change, young adults facing the onset of mental illness are often alone, without the familiar support systems of family and school. The challenges can result in a ripple effect of crises dealt with in hospital emergency rooms and police interactions.
Presently only 6-8 week institutional treatment is available in Ontario. Rural residential treatment and recovery programs, offering long-term (6-months) therapeutic care with supported transition into the community, are not available in Ontario.
Without effective care we all lose
The economic impact is enormous
Annual economic cost in Canada