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SSO Advocates at Queen's Park

On April 17, SSO held our second-annual advocacy day at Queen's Park to raise awareness and call attention to critical issues affecting people living with schizophrenia and psychosis. Along with staff, members of SSO’s board of directors and speakers’ bureau spent the day at Queen’s Park to share their experiences and encourage change to improve the mental health system among elected officials. 

The day consisted of 12 meetings with key members of provincial parliament from all parties and/or their staff, including Deputy Opposition Leader Sylvia Jones, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier Deb Matthews and Third Party Community Safety and Correctional Services Critic Taras Natyshak.
SSO received special recognition from the Deputy Opposition Leader who acknowledged SSO’s Lobby Day in the legislature during members’ statements, along with MPP for Davenport Cristina Martins. View the member’s statements here. Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care John Fraser and Third Party Home and Long-Term Care Critic Teresa Armstrong acknowledged SSO during Introduction of Visitors.

To ensure every Ontarian’s right to access evidence-based health care, SSO is calling on all parties to:
  • Follow the recommendations of the Mental Health Commission of Canada and commit to investing 9% of the health care budget towards mental health and addictions.
  • Ensure that this investment, and Health Accord funding, targets much-needed treatments and supports for people with schizophrenia and psychosis and their families.
  • Invest in community mental health supports that respond to the full range of needs for people with schizophrenia and psychosis, including early intervention, psychotherapy and psychosocial supports, peer supports, supportive housing and specialized services and crisis supports.
  • Extend the current support approved for cognitive behavioural therapy to schizophrenia and psychosis.
  • Adopt the report, “Income Security: A Roadmap for Change” as a blueprint for reforming income security.
  • Expand access to programs that divert people with mental illness from the criminal justice system.
  • Improve mental health care in correctional institutions by investing in transformation as outlined in Bill 6, Correctional Services and Reintegration Act and ensuring timely implementation of its provisions, including ending segregation for people with mental illness.  
SSO’s Lobby Day is an annual event to ensure persons impacted by severe, persistent mental illness can get the help they need when and where they need it.