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Mental Health: Financial Strategies


  • Mental health,
  • Economic environment,
  • Community,
  • Workplace,

Support financial strategies to promote mental health

How to implement

  • Support financial strategies to reduce social and economic inequities and make mental health services more affordable.For example: 
    • Provide community mental health and/or substance misuse services at no/low cost.2
    • Advocate with other stakeholders to invest funds in community initiatives.1
    • Support programs that provide high-quality, affordable and accessible housing to individuals.1
    • Call for improvements to mental health benefits to increase access to mental health programs and services.1, 3, 4

Try this: Remind community members about mental health resources available through employee benefits and workplace Employee and Family Assistance Programs (EFAP).

  1. Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Advisory Group. Respect, recovery, resilience: Recommendations for Ontario's mental health and addictions strategy. Toronto (ON): Minister's Advisory Group; 2010. Available from:
  2. Bullock HL, Guta A, Hughsam M, Wilson MG. Rapid synthesis: Examining the impact of and approaches to addressing the needs of people living with mental health issues. Hamilton (ON): McMaster Health Forum; 2016. Available from:
  3. World Health Organization (WHO). Guidelines for the management of conditions specifically related to stress. Geneva (SW): WHO; 2013. Available from:;jsessionid=AF4851A63CC7999EC37F8F9F4A8FD702?sequence=1.
  4. Community Preventive Services Task Force (CDC). Improving mental health and addressing mental illness: Mental health benefits legislation. The Community guide. Washington (DC): CDC; 2012. Available from:



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