By Faiz Jan, Amy Nguyen, Parnia Zahraei, Mariam El Sahhar and Gareth Dunbar
This report evaluates the status and need for mental healthcare in Ontario and in Canada and assesses the viability of certain policy that could be implemented to solve the issues presented. The investigation uses data collected from external resources along with a study conducted by the Union to come to a conclusion on practical reforms, some old and some new, about the problem at hand.
Every year, Canadians spend $6.3 billion in out-of-pocket expenses and 45.8% of students have said that they have needed access to mental healthcare but were unable to. It is vital that the issue of mental wellbeing is taken seriously and treated as a reasonable medical treatment under Ontario and Canadian Law. This report evaluates the reasons why mental healthcare subsidization is a necessity for students and citizens and the benefits it brings both in health and in economics.
The report identifies 4 steps that should be taken to tackle the numerous issues surrounding the mental wellness of individuals and students.