Coronavirus: Ontario government expands virtual mental health services

The Ontario government says it has expanded virtual mental health service to help those suffering throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Premier Doug Ford made the announcement alongside Minister of Health Christine Elliott and Michael Tibollo, associate minister of mental health and addictions.

The expansion is a part of the $12 million the provincial government previously announced toward mental health services.

“Even though this virus has taken a heavy toll on our everyday lives, we are doing everything we can to keep people healthy, physically and mentally,” said Ford.

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“By expanding access to free virtual and online mental health supports, I want those who are struggling to know that we are here to support and help you cope with the stress, isolation and anxiety during these extraordinary times.”

The table will identify concerns, implement solutions, support virtual care strategies, sharing best practices and connecting to other regional and provincial tables to make sure any issues affecting Ontarians’ mental health are helped.

“Ontario’s mental health and addictions organizations are working around-the-clock to ensure individuals and families have access to the critical mental health and addictions supports they need,” said Tibollo.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Ontario reported 18,310 coronavirus cases and 1,361 deaths.

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