My name is Marisa Colosimo, Chair and Founder of Shining the Light on Mental Health Foundation.
The Mental Health Services of Ontario and surrounding regions provide treatment to approximately 41.400 patients, 345.000 visits in an outpatient facility. Employment is around 5,000 and the government has a budget of 2.7 billion. Those are the statistics on record today. You all are very aware of how long government assistance takes.
The goal is to continuously donate funds raised by the foundation towards treatment for patients with a Mental Health disorder in the City of Vaughan.
I have started this foundation, because I have personally seen the way treatment is provided towards this illness called Mental Health and the stigma around it. In the near future, the goal for this foundation, is to open, The Hope Centre 24/7 with a less invasive atmosphere and a more personal approach. Please join me in the fight to overcome the stigma surrounding Mental Health .