Mental Health and Addictions
Mental Health and Addiction Services within Northeastern Ontario
Mental Health and Addiction Services is one of the four priorities identified in the NE LHIN's 2013 - 2016 Integrated Health Services Plan (IHSP).
The NE LHIN funds 21 addiction health service providers and 31 mental health service providers who offer a range of treatment and prevention programs throughout the region.
Mental Health and Addictions issues have a significant impact on the delivery of health care and the quality of life for those living in North East Ontario.
The report “Mental Health and Addictions in Ontario LHINs” – 2008, indicates that nearly 20% of Ontario residents are affected by mental health (or mental illness) during their lifetime, however as few as one-third of these individuals seek help.
The North East LHIN has higher percentages of people whose health practices are known to compromise health status when compared to Ontario. These include:
- daily smokers, 26.8% vs. 20.6%
- exposure to second hand smoke at home, 9.6% vs. 5.7%
- exposure to second hand smoke in vehicles, 13.2% vs. 8.0%
- adults who are current drinkers reporting heavy drinking, 26.5% vs. 21.1%.
Opiate Advice / Ressources
First-ever Virtual Coffee Break Panel Discussion hosted by NE LHIN CEO during Mental Health Week, May 7-11. Listen to the audio podcast from the panel discussion which was held May 8th, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Participating in Algoma Planning Days for Mental Health and Addictions
The Algoma addictions and mental health partners’ group and the Algoma Addictions and Mental Health Integrated Anchor Agency recently held a two-day planning session in Sault Ste. Marie to review the results of the Algoma Environmental Scan and the Consumer Needs Assessment.