Vital Signs report finds mental health to be the single greatest issue facing our community

Oct. 04, 2016

London Community Foundation releases biennial Vital Signs report with hopes of changing the state of mental health in our community

The Time is NowOn October 4th, 2016 at the YMCA, Wortley Village, London Community Foundation launched its biennial Vital Signs report. Examining the issue of mental health in our community, this report hopes to challenge stigma and address systems gaps in the delivery of care.

For the past several years, London Community Foundation has received an influx of grant requests targeted at tackling the issue of mental health, specifically regarding systems coordination in our local community. As leaders and drivers of social change, London Community Foundation is taking a stand.

Vital Signs 2016 will not only challenge stigma that exists in our local community, but will address systems gaps, and call for a more inclusive collaborative network of mental health organizations. The long term goal is to unify resources and organizations to provide help to individuals that need it, in a comprehensive, all-encompassing, and unified system.

Through the lens of mental health this year’s report examines the most pressing issues in our community including: housing, health, work, learning, and leadership and belonging.

“Mental health is no doubt, one of the most pressing issues in our community. The system is broken,” says Martha Powell, President & CEO, London Community Foundation. It’s time for a change and that time is now.”

This is the Foundation’s fifth Vital Signs report. Done in coordination with the national community foundation movement, London’s Vital Signs is a biennial community check-up that examines how our community is faring on issues that are key to quality of life. This week, community foundations across the country are launching their very own, local, Vital Signs reports.

 To learn more about London’s Vital Signs, visit: www.londonvitalsigns.ca

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