Patti Rantala | Toronto Isn’t Everything: Mental Health Across the Province | Children’s Mental Health Week 2019 Day 3

Children’s mental health’s about more than just theΒ stats.

The People Behind the Numbers β€” Canada’s Children’s Mental Health Stories

While weΒ do talk about mental health now more than ever, with many of us, the conversation goes as far as sharing a post once a year and calling it a day.

But it’s about so muchΒ more than that. There areΒ people behind the stats β€” people suffering from mental illnesses who have friends and families whoΒ care about them. There’s a whole world of untold stories out there about children’s mental health, and we hope that through this work for Children’s Mental Health Week, we can start to change that.

And sharing these stories isΒ essentialβ€”in some parts of our province, children and youth wait upward of eighteen months for treatment for the problems they faceΒ today. The community-located mental health centres can’t keep up with the ever-growing problemβ€”with suicide as the second-most cause of death for children and youth in Canada; inaction can proveΒ fatal.

Kim Moran, CEO of Children’s Mental Health Ontario, puts it well:

β€œThere are long wait lists across the province for child and youth mental health which is placing a strain on mental health service providers, hospitals, and the families turning to them for care…immediate and increased investments towards the support of young people with mental illness are needed. We can’t continue with the status quo.”

In short, it’s important that we do what we can to bring about someΒ much-needed change… and it usually starts with a conversation.

Patti Rantala β€” A Thunder Bay Story

Children's Mental Health Week 2019 β€” Day 3 β€” Toronto Isn't Everything - Mental Health Across the Province β€” Patti and Son

In episode three of our Children’s Mental Health Week series, we speak with Patti Rantala from Thunder Bay, who shares her experience with children’s mental health and navigating the mental health system. She shares why it’s important that we remember that Ontario’s a vast andΒ diverse province that needs very different solutions depending on where you find yourselfΒ in it!

In collaboration with Children’s Mental Health Ontario, I present Chatting with Casey’s Children’s Mental Health Week, 2019 Episode Threeβ€”Toronto Isn’t Everything: Mental Health Across the Province.

I hope you take the time to listen to it!

But that’s it for this episode. Keep changing the world out there, and if you want to show your support, make sure to join the #kidscantwait movement at https://www.cmho.org/stay-informed!

Until the next,

–case p.

By Casey E. Palmer

Calling the Great White North his home, Caseyβ€˜s spent the last few decades in pursuit of creating killer content. From novels as a kid, comics as a teen, to blogs and photos once he could grow a beard, he’ll use whatever’s around him to create amazing stuff.

When he’s not creating, he’s parenting, exploring and trying to make life as awesome as possible for everyone around him.

Because a boring life’s not a life worth living!

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