During this COVID-19 crisis, it is important that we are taking care of our mental health. The Provincial Government recently released a statement highlighting various mental health support networks in the province. They state:
All Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) mental health inpatient units for adults, children and youth remain open for admissions as needed. Community mental health sites remain open, offering most services by phone. However, they have maintained capacity to assist clients and patients in person if necessary. Group-based services have been discontinued, but clients and patients are being contacted by phone. The SHA continues efforts to reallocate resources to areas of critical need, such as mental health. Regular intake phone lines are operating, including HealthLine 811 which has mental health services available providing 24/7 assistance or referral.
Family Service Saskatchewan, in partnership with the SHA, supports 23 mental health walk-in clinics that are now offering services by phone in communities across the province, in light of the need for social distancing.
Other mental health resources available to Saskatchewan residents include:
- The Farm Stress Line provides support for farmers and ranchers and is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. To get help, call 1-800-667-4442.
- Kids Help Phone offers professional counselling, information and referrals by phone, text or online chat. It’s confidential, free and available 24/7.
- Mobile Crisis centres are located across Saskatchewan and operate 24/7.
- Employee and Family Assistance Programs can assist with mental health supports and counselling for qualifying employees and their dependents.