Canada Invests In Mental Health Support Resources

For the 70th anniversary of ‘Mental Health Week’ with communities, workplaces, and schools, Filomena Tassi, Canada’s minister of labour, reminds Canadians and workplaces to help promote behaviours and attitudes that foster well-being in order to support mental health and create a culture of understanding and acceptance. “The COVID-19 pandemic is putting significant strain on people’s well-being,” she says. “To ensure no-one feels alone during these challenging times, the government has launched Wellness Together Canada, a portal to provide free and confidential mental health, substance use, and well-being support to all Canadians. The resources are part of ‘Budget 2021,’ wherein the government proposes investments that will support better mental well-being among all Canadians and complement previous investments on mental health services. For example, Canada proposes to provide an additional $62 million, in 2021-22, to ensure that the Wellness Together Canada portal can continue to provide Canadians, including workers, with tools and services to support mental health and well-being. For more information, visit Wellness Together Canada, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada