May 25th, 2022
May 25th, 2022
TORONTO – Andrea Horwath and the NDP will help post-secondary students care for their mental health with a free and easily accessible mental health care.
“University, college and trade school is a stressful time — it’s always a stressful time, full of change,” said Horwath. “Right now, a silent epidemic of mental health struggles is making life so much harder on students and young adults. Students are trying to cope with anxiety, stress, loss and grief, and getting used to being on campus after years of isolation. And students think there is no way they’ll ever be able to afford the kind of counselling or support they need — so they suffer in silence, thinking there’s no where to turn.
“But mental health care is health care, and we shouldn’t have to pay for it. Together, we can fix it — so in Ontario, students will always have someone to turn to, and they’ll get mental health care with their OHIP card, not a credit card.”
The NDP plan to help university students includes:
Doug Ford cut $2 billion from mental health and addictions services over his term in office, and he cut OSAP. Under the Liberals, wait times for mental health services grew, and people who needed care often didn’t get it.
“Together, we can stop the Conservative and Liberal cuts, fix mental health care, and give students their best chance at a healthy, happy future, regardless of the size of their bank accounts.”