Mental Health Week launched in North Battleford

Brittany Mendoza
May 11, 2018

By 2022-23 the scheme is expected to have been rolled out to just a fifth to a quarter of the country.

The proposed Green Paper on child mental health is "unambitious" and "ignores hundreds of thousands of children", government committees have warned. Half of school leaders appear to have cut back on their mental health support services.

Zielke de Montbrun said there a variety of activities will take place this week to raise awareness about the issue of mental health.

The downtown facility is expected to expand access to supports and feature an innovative Recovery College, offering a range of courses collaborated on by people who have experience with mental health or substance use challenges. Davidon's talk, entitled "What is Mental Health?"

Dr Sarah Wollaston, who chairs the health committee, said the green paper is "just not ambitious enough" and will leave "so many children without the care they need".

The two children were similar in many ways, but had one key difference - the latter child had been diagnosed with a mental illness.

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"The reality is that one in five Americans will experience mental health issues in their lifetime", Solano County Mental Health Services Administrator Emery Cowan, said.

"This will mean that thousands of children will continue to struggle in silence, suffering with an undetected and therefore unsupported need". However, it is clear that more funding will be needed if the Government's trial of a four-week waiting time target is to succeed. "Participants will also have an opportunity to connect with more than 20 organizations and agencies in the mental health and wellness field". Recent research is also connecting nutrition and gut health with mental health. Only about one-third of them connect with the community-based supports and services they need. "That's why we are calling on the Government to make this extended support mandatory to help ensure that no child falls through the cracks between children's and adult services".

Since the facility opened, many youth have been dropping in to seek services in everything from employment to a whole range of health-care services, said Dale Handley, manager for VCH's North Shore Youth Mental Health and Substance Use program that operates at Foundry and other facilities.

Davidon noted that the mental health system is now quite different than the physical health system - there has been a growing focus on wellness and prevention for physical health but this is not the case for mental health. This is a vital part of the jigsaw if a child is to have the confidence and social skills that will get them ready for school and stand their emotional wellbeing in good stead throughout their childhood'. But the government said it "completely rejects" any suggestion that the plans lack ambition.

David Hughes, AoC chief executive, added: "We welcome the way in which the Green Paper is highlighting the importance of education in supporting young people with mental health difficulties". "We want to see more evidence that government will join up services in a way which places children and young people at their heart and that improves services to all children rather than a minority".

"We also want the Government to make up the £2 billion estimated shortfall in council children's services funding to help ensure children get the support they need at an early stage and reduce the likelihood that their mental health will be affected".

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