Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

November 09, 2007 15:25 ET

Media Advisory: OPSEU Symposium to Find Solutions to Mental Health Issues

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2007) - The Ontario Public Service Employees Union will hold a symposium Nov. 13-14 to address how our current mental health system can better ensure dignity and respect for people with mental illness. OPSEU represents 6,000 of the province's mental health workers.

When: November 13 and 14, 2007
Where: Delta Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St. W. (at Yonge), Toronto

"Since 2004, hospital admissions, visits to hospital emergency rooms, and police involvement with people with mental illness have gone dramatically up" said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. "Our members working in the mental health field want to help find solutions."

Thomas is calling on the government to protect hospital-based mental health funds, properly fund community-based mental health services, and invest in proven programs to keep the mentally ill out of jail. Participants in the symposium will also make recommendations to the Minister of Health on the future of mental health services in Ontario.

Mental health care professionals, consumers/survivors, family members, people working in advocacy organizations, government and the justice systems will participate in the two-day event.

Glenn Thompson, interim president of the Canadian Mental Health Commission, is the event's keynote speaker. OPSEU has also invited the Minister of Health and Long Term Care.

Contact Information

    Luisa Quarta
    1-800-286-7376 ext. 8207