Advancing equity in Ontario: Understanding key concepts

In brief

Equity issues in mental health have a significant and often negative impact on people, communities, and the health system. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario, has prepared a report to create a common language for talking about equity issues in mental health within Ontario’s health system. It is based on key informant interviews that aim to lay the foundation of a collaborative action plan to ensure there is equity in mental health for all Ontarians.

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Title and link to report: Advancing Equity in Ontario: Understanding Key Concepts 
Author: Canadian Mental Health Association – Ontario division 
Date: 2014
Location: Ottawa

What this report is about

This report seeks to create a common language for talking about equity issues in mental health within Ontario’s health system. It is based on key informant interviews that aim to lay the foundation of a collaborative action plan to ensure there is equity in mental health for all Ontarians. 
The following five strategic areas where identified:

  • Embed equity in provincial mental health policy and planning;
  • Foster collaboration with people with lived experience of mental health issues and other marginalized populations;
  • Expand the evidence-base for equity issues in mental health;
  • Build healthy communities by addressing the social determinants of health;
  • Challenge discrimination, stigma, and exclusion of people with lived experience. 

This report contributes to our knowledge of equity in Ontario and builds a common language for discussing equity issues in mental health. This paper is also a building block for the Canadian Mental Health Association – Ontario’s Action Plan for Equity in Mental Health. 

Population addressed: People with lived experience; people who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, poverty, racialization and disability; people with lived experience that are marginalized. 
Type of study: Discussion paper
Key words: Equity, mental health, people with lived experience, social determinants of health, marginalization 
Contact person: Canadian Mental Health Association - Ontario, Website: http://ontario.cmha.ca/ 
Language of report: English