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Report Finds 1 in 10 Canadians Wait 4 months or More Before Receiving Community Mental Health Counselling

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New data from the Canadian Institute for Health and Information (CIHI) shows that half of Canadians wait up to a month for ongoing counselling services in the community, while 1 in 10 people wait about 4 months or longer. The data also shows that in some jurisdictions, wait times for ongoing mental health counselling services are longer for children and youth than for adults 18 and older.

Information about access to home and community care and to mental health and substance use services in their province or territory are now available for the following 2 new indicators:

  • Wait Times for Community Mental Health Counselling
  • Wait Times for Home Care Services

Updated results for 6 indicators are also available. Statistics Canada will release a new indicator, Home Care Services Helped the Recipient Stay at Home, in summer 2021.

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