This petition was written at the request of a local constituent who had to wait years before she could receive the treatment that she desperately needed. After talking with service providers, my office learned that thousands of people across the Province are waiting to access DBT services. Its time to stop these long wait times. Please help by signing and sharing this petition today.
To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:
Whereas there are an estimated 250,000 people in Ontario suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and;
Whereas people suffering from BPD are at an increased risk of severe depression, self-mutilation, substance abuse, isolation and even suicide, and;
Whereas the longer people suffering from BPD go without treatment, the greater the likelihood is for recurring episodes and the less successful intervention will be, and;
Whereas Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), when applied within six months of a BPD diagnosis, reduces substance abuse by 74% and reduces the risk of self-mutilation and suicide by 80%, and;
Whereas DBT is one of the only Ontario funded interventions for BPD and wait-times for group sessions average between 1-2 years, while wait-times for individual sessions are even longer.
We the undersigned, petition the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to increase funding for DBT therapy in Ontario in an effort to increase access and reduce wait times.