Advancing Equity in Mental Health in Ontario: Understanding key concepts

Equity issues in mental health have a significant and often negative impact on the people, communities, and health system of Ontario. Consider that our lesbian, gay bisexual and trans (LGBT) youth are over four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers. That people with mental health issues face discrimination in employment, housing and many other essential and health-promoting areas of life. That Northern Ontarians face the highest rates of depression, hospitalization and medication use, but have access to less comprehensive, available and accessible mental health services and supports.

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