Ontario Expanding Mental Health Program at Queensway Carleton Hospital

HOPES ARE RISING AT QCH: Mental Health Program to receive funding from MOHLTC for improvements to Mental Health Unit.

Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure and MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean, was at Queensway Carleton Hospital today to make the funding announcement on behalf of Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.“The Queensway Carleton Hospital does amazing work, and this expansion is going to provide mental health care and support to thousands more people while giving health care professionals top-notch facilities in which to do their jobs,” said Hon. Chiarelli.

Ontario will be funding the expansion of the mental health program at Queensway Carleton Hospital through the renovation of two floors and the construction of a new two-storey addition, increasing access to care and reducing wait times for people with mental illness in the Ottawa area.


In 2016, the Foundation launched a community-lead $5 million dollar campaign in support of mental health at QCH called HOPES RISING.  In only 13 short months, the campaign is at 48 % of our fundraising goal.  “This announcement lifts our spirits.  It means far more than a promise of funding…it means the promise of HOPE!  When patients and their families are in the midst of a mental health crisis, sometimes all there is to hold on to is HOPE,” said Melanie Adams, QCH Foundation President and CEO.

Barbara Crook who, together with husband Dan Greenberg, lead the HOPES RISING campaign launch in 2016 with a major gift, told her story of the excellent patient care her family member received at QCH and the discrepancy with the mental health facility, which is old and unpleasant compared to the rest of the hospital. “With this announcement you’re sending a message there should be no stigma attached to Mental Illness, thankyou,” said Barbara.

Denis D’Aoust, HOPES RISING campaign volunteer spoke about his personal experience with Mental Illness, “When our crisis hit we were grateful for the incredible care that was here for us at QCH – beginning from life saving moments in the ER and then the life building moments that were given through programs and services in the mental health unit. Minister Chiarelli, I speak on behalf of every parent, child, spouse, partner and  patient when I say thank you.  Today the announcement you have made is life saving – literally. Our Hopes are Rising.

Guests included: MPP Ottawa South, John Fraser, Ottawa Senators Foundation President Danielle Robinson, Chris and Erin Phillips Honorary Chairs for HOPES RISING, HOPES RISING Campaign Chair Sara Cinq-Mars, Kevin Cinq-Mars, Tomlinson, Sandy MacDonald, BELL Let’s Talk, Do It For Daron’s (DIFD) Luke Richardson, Royal Ottawa Hospital Foundation, Kathy Turner, HOPES RISING Campaign Volunteer, Councillor Jan Harder, Queensway Carleton Hospital Board of Directors, Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, QCH Senior Admin and Staff.

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