December 6th, 2018

NDP MPP Wayne Gates’s Niagara mental health funding motion passes

Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates’s motion won support of all of the parties in the Ontario legislature, moving Niagara closer to round-the-clock mental health services.

“This is just another example of how, when we come together as a community, when we work together and when we raise our voices, we can get things done. We worked with community members to show the need for this, and I'm proud to see that the legislature agrees. Now, we'll move forward to get a timeline on that funding and to get these facilities up and running.

This is an important piece, though just one part, of what we can do as a community to say to those struggling, ‘You’re not alone, you’re loved and we care,’” said Gates.

Gates’s motion was designed to allow the current mental health services in St. Catharines and Niagara Falls to operate around the clock, and provide for the creation of an around-the-clock Welland location. The funding is also designed to establish preventative spaces for those seeking support for mental health and addictions issues who aren’t necessarily in crisis.

The motion would also provide resources for those under stress while caring for someone struggling with mental health and addictions issues. When necessary, the locations would offer in-person crisis intervention, which is currently only offered around the clock by phone.