The latest report card on health and wellbeing in London-Middlesex is shedding light on serious issues in addressing mental health.
Among the findings: workers in precarious employment are almost twice as likely to report poorer mental health than those in secure employment, that over a fifth of the city’s children don’t feel like they belong at school, and that roughly nine out of ten of women seeking shelter in London have a mental illness and almost half have an addiction.
“We have seen over the last several years more and more and more applications coming into us that have a mental health component. We hear stories about a system that has gaps, that needs better coordination,” says London Community Foundation President Martha Powell.
“There’s over 180 separate agencies working in mental health and addictions in London and Middlesex. We see that there are gaps in service delivery that people don’t know where to go when they’re in crisis and how can we better make it easier for people to access the right kind of care that they need at the right time with the right resources in place for them.”
Powell, speaking on The Pulse with Devon Peacock on AM980, noted that oftentimes people don’t know where to go when they are in crisis or how to access the care that’s right for them.
“One of the themes that came out this morning was communication between the family and the person in crisis and I think the other theme is communication between the agencies. You know, ‘what are you doing? We’re doing something similar. How can we better work together?’.”
The long-term goal is to unify resources and organizations to provide help to individuals that need it.