TORONTO, ONÂ March 21, 2018 Stellaâ€™s Place thanks the Premier Wynne and the Liberal government of Ontario for the monumental investment they are making into the mental health system which was announced today. This allocation of $2.1 billion over four years will have a lasting positive impact on those seeking mental health care, families supporting those struggling and organizations working to provide services that are desperately needed.
Jenny Carver, Executive Director at Stellaâ€™s Place, a new mental health centre serving young adults 16 â€“ 29 in Toronto comments that:
â€œwe see hundreds of young adults who havenâ€™t been able to find the help they need. This historic infusion of funding is game changing. This will build hope and ensure a future for many young Ontarians.â€
Alicia Raimundo, Online Peer Supporter at Stellaâ€™s Place shared her response to hearing this announcement,
â€œI held back tears. For the first time in my life I felt like we could actually fix our mental health system. Young people wonâ€™t have to experience the lack of services I did. This is life-changing. I hope this doesnâ€™t get torn down by the next government.â€
This is a collaborative funding strategy that will increase accessibility across the province. Young people need to be able to get support early, in school, from their doctor, through their communities, at a youth service hub or even from a 24/7 crisis line. These community-based services are lifesaving. Young adults who are marginalized, racialized or isolated need to be a priority.
In 2013, Donna Green founded Stellaâ€™s Place after struggling for years to find help for her daughter, Stella, who was battling severe anxiety. Stella’s Place is a registered charity offering peer, clinical and online mental health services for young adults 16 to 29. It is funded through grants and donations.
Further information can be found at www.stellasplace.ca. Â Jenny Carver, Executive Director, is available for more information and interviews [email protected] or 905-836-2032. Alicia Raimundo, Online Peer Supporter, is available for more information and interviews [email protected] or 647-381-7801.