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To: Christine Elliott, Ontario Minister of Health

Stop Doug Ford's cuts to psychotherapy

Stop Doug Ford's cuts to psychotherapy

Please don't proceed with Doug Ford's arbitrary cuts to psychotherapy which would limit vulnerable Ontarians of all ages who have mental health problems, to a maximum of 24 psychotherapy sessions per year.

Why is this important?

The proposal to limit availability of OHIP covered psychotherapy to 24 sessions per year will profoundly harm the most vulnerable among us. Psychotherapy is the most effective treatment for many disorders [see reference below] and the withdrawal of this service will endanger those who suffer from such debilitating mental health problems as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depression, crippling Anxiety Disorders, Borderline Personality difficulties, Eating disorders and those who suffer Addiction. Those who battle suicide will be especially affected and all of these afflictions can affect children and senior citizens. To turn our backs on the suffering of our fellow citizens, neighbours and family members is beyond unconscionable. The science is clear, psychotherapy is a first line treatment. Drugs certainly don't solve everyone's problems. This proposal is cruel, wrong headed and must be stopped in it's tracks!
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-in-ontario-a-battle-for-the-soul-of-psychiatry/

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Reasons for signing

  • Almost everybody knows someone who has suffered a mental health crisis. We can't allow Mental health treatment be so damaged by this cruel and poorly informed attack on the citizens of our province.

Updates

2019-05-04 15:06:51 -0400

10 signatures reached