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The Yukon Party team recognizes how the pandemic has highlighted the need for improved supports for Yukoners’ mental health and well-being. The party will implement measures and programs to address this, including action, surrounding the territory’s opioid crisis.
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“We recognize that immediate action is needed today on behalf of Yukoners facing mental wellness issues,” said Yukon Party Leader Currie Dixon. “We will bring a new approach and provide additional resources to help address the emotional toll many Yukoners are facing because of, and prior to, the pandemic.”
In order to help support Yukoners’ mental wellness, a Yukon Party government will:
- Expand the availability of telehealth and virtual mental wellness and addictions services.
- Review the rural mental health hubs model to ensure suitable staffing and resources are provided.
- Increase the availability of community-based mental health supports and providers by encouraging rural and Indigenous Yukoners to enter health and social services careers.
- Commence the construction of a new Secure Medical Unit at Whitehorse General Hospital and ensure adequate training and protocols are in place.
- As announced on March 21, we would also improve the delivery of psychology services by introducing a regulatory framework for psychology in the Yukon.
- Work with Yukon First Nations governments and Canada to fund a rural, on-the-land mental health and substance treatment centre, which incorporates:
- Clinical and traditional/cultural approaches, including land-based healing.
- Strong links with community and cultural healing resources for pre and post-treatment.
- The development and governance, in partnership with Yukon First Nations governments and citizens.
- Accessibility of services to all Yukoners.
“Uncertainties from the COVID-19 pandemic have also highlighted the need to prioritize our children’s social and emotional wellbeing,” added Dixon.
In order to help support mental wellness for children, a Yukon Party government will:
- Target supports for youth in the most vulnerable demographics.
- Ensure appropriate supports are in place to help affected parents and families.
- Provide mental health supports in the territory’s schools, with the goal of providing “same-day” response.
- Employ the power of sport and arts and culture to foster a sense of purpose and to help improve the resilience of young Yukoners.
- Implement effective preventative approaches to mental health and substance use prevention for children and youth, through successful programs such as the Planet Youth model.
- Monitor the mental health needs and outcomes for all children as a way to improve and measure success.
“Working together, we can collectively provide for our children’s healthy development and help mitigate negative impacts which could result as our young Yukoners reach adulthood,” said Dixon.