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Ontario Teens Are Seeking Help For Mental Health More Than Ever Since The Pandemic Started

The government is making huge investments in mental health.

As the pandemic continues across the province, Ontario teenagers are struggling to overcome the mental stress and anxiety of the lockdown.  

Christine Elliott, Ontario's Minister of Health, revealed during a press conference on Wednesday that the province has seen an increase in Kid Help Phone calls.

Elliot stated that teens have struggled to deal with the isolation and uncertainty the pandemic has brought on.

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We are seeing an increase in the number of calls to Kids Help Phone and ConnexOntario since the outbreak began.

Christine Elliott

"The numbers show that they have struggled with isolation and uncertainty over their studies, their lives and their futures."

The Ontario government announced on October 21, 2020, that it would be investing $24.3 million in mental health services.

The funds will go towards hiring additional staff, increasing access to counselling and therapy, and creating new programs.

"Our government continues to make critical investments in the mental health and addictions sector to ensure children, youth and their families have access to the supports they need, especially during these unprecedented times," added Minister Elliott.