Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Politicians Debate Mental Health Help for Northern Communities

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Politicians Debate Mental Health Help for Northern Communities

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Politicians debate mental health help

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REGINA - The Saskatchewan minister responsible for Rural and Remote Health says he's hearing that northern communities are happy with the supports in place now to help with mental health challenges, but more needs to be done.

Greg Ottenbreit's comments come after news this week of a possible suicide and two suicide attempts in La Loche, Sask.

Ottenbreit says they have been able to recruit a community mental health worker and community nurse for La Loche to specifically address residents' mental health needs.

But NDP MLA Buckley Belanger says the province hasn't done enough.

He would like to see more treatment centres in the north to deal with drug use and suicide attempts. …

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