The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to improving the way it responds to mental health and addictions issues, and endorses the 10-year Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan.
Together, with partner ministries Social Services, Education and Justice (Corrections and Policing), the Ministry of Health is leading the development and implementation of an inter-ministerial improvement plan.
To find more information about progress on the improvement plan and learn about improvement activities already underway, read the first issue of the Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan newsletter.
On December 1, 2014, Dr. Fern Stockdale Winder, Commissioner of the Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan, submitted her report to government, calling for a more coordinated and timely response to people in need of mental health and addictions services.
Working Together for Change: A 10-Year Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Saskatchewan outlines 16 recommendations that fall into seven categories:
Enhance access and capacity and support recovery in the community
- Focus on prevention and early intervention
- Create person and family-centred and coordinated services
- Respond to diversities
- Partner with First Nations and Métis Peoples
- Reduce stigma and increase awareness
- Transform the system and sustain the change
Addressing and improving mental health and addictions services across many sectors is complex, and will take the efforts of many ministries and organizations collaborating together. The recommendations in the Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan provide a guide to approach this issue with new ways of thinking and working together over the next 10 years.