MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER

THRIVE Toronto brings together organizations from a variety of sectors to take action and improve the mental well-being of all Torontonians. Our aim is to transform Toronto into a city where all Torontonians can thrive by enhancing supportive housing, building mental health literacy, and addressing the mental health needs of the Downtown East community.

Who we are

THRIVE Toronto is helping local leaders develop an action plan that makes mental well-being a priority.

THRIVE Toronto is convened by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Wellesley Institute. Membership includes the leaders and of diverse organizations and sectors.

Member organizations include the Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto Branch, Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), City of Toronto, Civic Action, East Metro Youth Services, Toronto Central LHIN, Toronto Public Health, United Way Greater Toronto, and YMCA of Greater Toronto.

How we work

THRIVE Toronto values inclusion, equity, and respect. We invite and value the diverse contributions that each person brings through their own experiences.

Our work will be strength-based, informed by evidence, and anchored in population health, proportionate universalism, and the social determinants of health. We will also consider life-course and socio-ecological approaches to health promotion.

We agree to work together and to revisit these shared values and approaches as needed.

Our Goals

THRIVE Toronto is helping local leaders develop an action plan that makes mental well-being a priority.

To this end, we aim to:

1

reduce the gap in mental well-being between those who have social and economic advantages and those who don’t;

2

reduce stigma and discrimination that people with mental health and addiction challenges encounter in their daily lives;

3

create a mental well-being system for Toronto.

What we will do

The THRIVE Toronto members will foster the mental well-being of Torontonians through the following activities:

Enhance supportive housing in Toronto.

We will develop a plan to expand supportive housing for Torontonians with mental illness and addiction.

Change Toronto’s ability to live, work, and play mentally well.

We will build the mental health and well-being literacy of Torontonians to reduce stigma and discrimination of people with mental health.

Create neighbourhoods where we can all thrive.

We will help local organizations work together to address the critical mental health and well-being needs in the Downtown East community.

Mission: To transform Toronto into a city where all Torontonians thrive.

THRIVE Toronto envisions a city where:

everyone gets the support they need to have good mental health and well-being, where and when they need it

no one believes that suicide is the only way to deal with their problems

people have the support they need to be mentally healthy and productive in their workplace

Toronto context

Toronto is a vibrant, diverse, and growing city.

In cities such as ours, poor mental health takes a devastating social and economic toll. In the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, half of the working force — over 1.5 million people — has experienced a mental health challenge. If this pace continues, Toronto will lose $17 billion in productivity over the next 10 years.

Increasingly, our city is seeing a growing gap between those who have social and economic advantages and those who don’t. This split has important negative effects on people’s physical and mental well-being.

Many Torontonians — particularly those living with severe mental health challenges, including substance use problems — are not accessing the help they need to have good physical and mental health. When people don’t receive services that support all facets of their lives, their health suffers.

A coordinated response

In Toronto, hundreds of organizations are working to advance the well-being of residents. Yet barriers persist — many continue to struggle to access the help and services they need to thrive.

To improve social and economic conditions and achieve mental well-being for all, health and non-health organizations must collaborate and coordinate their activities. This means bringing together people from a broad range of sectors to share their capacity, passion, and resources.

Efforts must focus not only on access to healthcare services, but also good, affordable housing, good jobs, a thriving income, a healthy urban infrastructure, safe recreation, and an end to violence, racism, and isolation.

To have a thriving, productive, and prosperous city, we need to pool our expertise, influence, and resources to make mental well-being a reality for everyone.

Resources

THRIVE Toronto: Mental Health Literacy

Mental health literacy is about having the knowledge, awareness, and skills to take care of your own mental health and the mental health of others.

More information THRIVE training list PDF

State of well-being report

This report outlines the state of mental well-being in Toronto and the external factors that influence well-being. Little is known about mental well-being in Toronto. By using administrative data collected by different organizations, this report helps us to understand current levels of well-being of those in Toronto and where we need to intervene. Through our research, we found that Toronto is undergoing a massive shift toward inequality, with the gaps between rich and poor growing.

State of well-being report (coming soon)

The Downtown East 2023 Action Plan

The Downtown East 2023 Action Plan was developed to address a number of complex challenges in the area related to poverty, homelessness, housing, community safety, mental health and substance use, particularly opioid related overdoses. The first of its kind in Toronto, this plan provides a five-year roadmap for how City services can enhance community safety and inclusion, build cross-sectoral trust and collaboration, and improve the stability of marginalized people within this dense and diverse downtown area. The plan provides a framework to collaborate with and leverage the work of other levels of government in order to align efforts toward outcomes related to mental health, housing with supports and community safety and well-being.

Downtown East 2023 Action Plan