EGADZ - Youth mental health services in Saskatoon to get a funding boost
Mental health supports for children in Saskatoon are getting a boost thanks to a partnership between the provincial government, Saskatchewan Health Authority, EGADZ and Medavie Health Services.
The province has committed $116,000 to EGADZ to help the organization convert one of its youth group homes to offer a safe space and outreach services so youth in care can remain in the community while receiving help. The program aims to reduce self-harm, suicide attempts and hospital visits.
“As with many programs delivered by EGADZ, I am confident this will become an important initiative that helps strengthen families and communities,” Social Services Minister Paul Merriman said in a statement.
“The supports and housing for youth receiving mental health services that will be made available through EGADZ with this funding will go a long way in helping to address these rising issues.”
The Saskatchewan Health Authority is also bolstering funding to EGADZ by $100,000 to fund additional mental health support staff. Medavie Health Services also presented the organization with an additional $25,000 to help support mental health programs for the city’s youth.
“These funding partnerships create better outcomes for our youth in times of severe crisis by allowing us to meet their needs where they are,” EGADZ Executive Director Don Meikle said.
“In addition to providing those in greatest need with outreach services, the availability of one of our homes — called a retreat to help remove the stigma around mental health — helps prevent the additional trauma of leaving their current placement or community. We will also have a van that will allow us to be mobile with a therapy dog to comfort youth in times of crisis.”
- Posted By: Saskatoon Star Phoenix
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