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SSO's Election Toolkit

Every year, psychosis touches the lives of thousands of Ontarians. About three out of every hundred people will experience an episode of psychosis in their lifetime, and about one in a hundred people will develop schizophrenia. Schizophrenia and psychosis can affect anyone, regardless of culture, race, socioeconomic status or gender.
Use SSO’s election toolkit for tips on how to engage your local candidates to ensure that every Ontarian has access to timely, quality health care.
Ongoing access to a range and combination of treatments and supports is essential for people to live healthy lives. These include community-based services (e.g., psychosocial programs, peer supports and counselling); social supports (e.g., housing, income and employment supports); medical supports (e.g., medications and psychiatry); and informal supports (e.g., friends and family).           
Yet our mental health and addictions system is in crisis. Lengthy wait times, fragmented and inadequate services, chronic underfunding and inaccessible treatments and supports means people and families affected by schizophrenia and psychosis are not getting the help they need.
In this election toolkit, you will find information on ways to spread the word about making schizophrenia and psychosis matter this election.
This election, help us call on the province so Ontarians can get the mental health care they need when and where they need it.