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Participants in the consultation suggested the following approaches, which they believe are important to the development of any human rights mental health strategy. The OHRC will consider incorporating these principles into its strategy.

  • Participants stated that because the issues cut across so many areas (e.g. housing, criminal justice, etc.), the OHRC should consider not limiting its involvement to one area.
  • Participants identified that it was important to address discrimination based on mental health and its intersections with other Code grounds
  • Participants suggested that any human rights mental health strategy should be broad, and focus on the rights of people with less severe and severe mental health disabilities and addictions, as well as perceived disabilities.
  • The OHRC was encouraged to build partnerships with different organizations and consult with people with mental health disabilities.

Areas of Concern:

Given the number of issues that were identified by participants, the OHRC may consider developing interventions to address issues in some or all of the following areas:

  • Anti-Stigma/Anti-Discrimination Awareness
  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Criminal Justice
  • Income Support
  • Education
  • Lack of Access to Health Care

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