“People in Niagara are dying. We lose one Niagara resident to suicide every seven days.” Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates
News from the Constituency Office of Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates
Posted March 3rd, 2020 in Niagara At Large
Niagara Falls, Ontario — NDP MPP Wayne Gates (Niagara Falls) has responded to the Ministry of Health’s mental health and addictions strategy that fails to include any new funding for the crisis facing Niagara.
“People in Niagara are dying. We lose one Niagaran to suicide every seven days. Over 70 percent of calls to first responders in the region are related to a mental health crisis,” says Gates.
Preventative care and supports to family members helping their loved ones are already inadequate. Even worse, after 9 o’clock at night, there’s almost nowhere for people to go who are in crisis, except our already overstretched hospital.
The Ford government made a commitment to support the motion I introduced in the Ontario legislature to fund three 24-hour drop-in centres across Niagara that are critical to meet existing needs. The motion was passed unanimously with support from PC MPPs, including Niagara West PC MPP Sam Oosterhoff.
The government has now broken that promise. This is a shameful decision. Niagarans urgently need more funding for mental health right now. We cannot wait any longer. The Official Opposition will continue to fight for the funding Niagara was promised and that Doug Ford is now refusing to deliver.”
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