CMHA Sault Ste. Marie is encouraging Ontarians to take a stand for equitable access to mental health and addictions care for Zero Discrimination Day.
Held annually on March 1, Zero Discrimination Day is an annual campaign which aims to celebrate diversity and reject discrimination in all its forms. CMHA recognizes that stigma and discrimination is a reality for many people with a mental illness. CMHA Sault Ste. Marie offers the Central Access and Information service, where you can speak with an Access Worker who will be able to provide you with information and referrals to the mental health and addictions services that are available in the Algoma District.
Discrimination does not have to be intentional. It can also take place in more subtle ways. Sometimes rules, standards, policies or requirements can also have an adverse effect on people who live with mental health or addiction disabilities. For example, government policies or spending decisions may appear neutral but have a direct negative impact on the individuals who need service, often impeding their access to care.
Through the Erase the Difference campaign, CMHA Ontario is working to send a strong message to provincial election candidates that it’s time to eliminate this barrier and fund mental health and addictions care the same as physical health care. Help promote equitable access to care by signing the petition at erasethedifference.ca.