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  • October 04, 2013

Increasing Mental Health Services for University and College Students in Thunder Bay

Mauro & Gravelle announce Ontario Government Helps Create Healthy Campuses

October 4, 2013

The Ontario Government is improving mental health services and outcomes for postsecondary students through the launch of Good2Talk, a new mental health phone line through the Mental Health Innovation Fund.

This fund aims to improve access to high-quality services that provide better support to vulnerable students with unique needs.

As of today, College and university students in Thunder Bay will be able to call Good2Talk, a province-wide service that provides support for postsecondary students with mental health concerns 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year.

Good2Talk is a free, completely confidential and anonymous service that offers professional counselling, mental health information and connections to local resources. The phone line will help callers deal with student life, health or mental well-being concerns.

Ontario's Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy will create a more coordinated and responsive mental health system for students across the province –

helping young people lead healthy, successful lives, and reach their full potential. Investing in our young people is a crucial part of the new government’s overall plan to ensure a healthy and prosperous Ontario.


"Our Mental Health and Addictions Strategy is about providing faster, easier access to young people who could use the support. This new service for Thunder Bay’s students at Confederation College and Lakehead University will help local youth overcome challenges as they transition into post-secondary studies."

- Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan

"Our government is committed to supporting all students across the province and ensuring that they have access to the right services to keep them healthy and successful. New programs, like Good2Talk, offered through our government's Mental Health and Addictions Strategy will certainly help students at Lakehead University and Confederation College."

— Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North

"We want to let college and university students know they aren’t alone and that there is help. The new supports will help them have a healthy, productive transition to postsecondary institutions and deal with newfound independence, both on and off campus."

— Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities


  • Ontario is investing $2 million per year for three years to support Good2Talk.
  • The new service is provided by Kids Help Phone, ConnexOntario, 211Ontario, the Ontario Centre for Excellence in Child and Youth Mental Health and postsecondary institutions.
  • The support for postsecondary students is part of the multi-year $257 million Mental Health and Addictions Strategy announced in the 2011 Ontario Budget.


For more information:

Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan
(807) 623-9237

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