Our Story


The big picture:

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  • The yearly economic burden of mental illness on Canadians is estimated to be $51 billion
  • A serious mental illness or addiction can decrease a person’s life expectancy by 7 to 24 years and mental health conditions are among the top causes of disability in Canada


Zooming in on young adults:
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  • Mental health conditions often have their onset in childhood or adolescence; early and effective intervention can make an enormous impact over one’s lifespan
  • The consequences of mental illness on young adults are wide reaching – social interactions, career/workplace success, educational goals, housing, quality of life and even life expectancy are all impacted
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death (Valerio, we will provide pdf’s for these 2 bullet points) among youth and young adults (15-34 years) with depression and other mental illnesses being a huge risk factor
  • There are 119,000 young adults with serious mental illness in Ontario and access to effective treatment is grossly inadequate resulting in frequent trips to Emergency Departments


Lack of treatment options for youth:
Valerio, can 2 points below be an Info Grapghic?

  • Between 2011/12 and 2015/16 a lack of specialty treatment options resulted in the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care spending almost $10 million to send young adults to the United States for treatment of mental illnesses
  • Over a three-year period, MOHLTC (Freedom of Information request) spent $4,301,000 sending 50 Ontarians with serious mental illness to USA for residential treatment at a per diem cost of CN$1200. Eli’s Place will allow more Ontarians in need to access this critical program and will do so at a per diem rate of only CN$550.


Valerio, can an image be added to each of the following points? E.g revolving hospital door for 1st point, gap between children and adults for 2nd point, calendar flipping for 8 weeks for 3rd point, etc.

  • More than 12% of people admitted to hospital due to mental illness are readmitted within 30 days
  • The availability of any type of ongoing care is much more difficult to obtain for individuals (transition aged youth) as they move from children’s mental health services (typically up to 18 years of age) to the adult system (identified as 18-64 years of age)
  • In-patient hospital treatment options typically do not extend past 8 weeks. Research has shown that some individuals require longer programs to achieve successful outcomes
  • Those requiring treatment for mental illness in their 20’s and 30‘s often need different approaches and settings to care than older adults, yet alternatives that specifically address our younger adults are in very short supply

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