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Rural Canada is battling a mental health and addictions crisis.

There is hope. There are solutions.

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1 in 5

In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians
experiences a mental illness or addiction problem.

Opiate and crystal meth addiction.

The thing that’s causing us the most turmoil right now in Kamsack is the opiate and crystal meth addiction.
We were seeing a lot of overdoses. Injecting drugs, sharing needles,
so the HIV and the Hep C numbers go through the roof.

- Sheila Registered Nurse

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70% of mental health problems

70% of mental health problems have onset in childhood or adolescence

have their onset during childhood or adolescence.

Young people aged 15 to 24 are more likely to experience mental illness and/or substance use disorders than any other age group.

Young people aged 15 to 24</span> are more likely to experience mental illness and/or substance use disorders
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Addiction can cause marriages to break up, parents to lose their children loss of employment and in some worse cases, death.

Addiction can cause marriages to break up, parents to lose their children loss of employment and in some worse cases, death.

- Karen Kamsack City Counsel

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Addictions and mental illness are closely interlinked:

More than 15% of people with a substance use problem have a co-occurring mental illness

More than 15% of people with a substance use problem have a co-occurring mental illness.

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An estimated
75% of children

An estimated 75% of children with mental disorders do not access specialized treatment services

with mental disorders do not access specialized treatment services.

Candice Registered Psychiatric Nurse

What we know that works is meeting the patient where they’re at

What we know that works is meeting the patient where they’re at and sometimes that shows, that has to be flexibility on the part of us as nurses.

- Dan Registered Psychiatric Nurse

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The economic burden of mental illness in Canada is estimated at

$51 billion per year.

The economic burden of mental illness in Canada is estimated at $51 billion per year

Crisis Numbers

If you are attending to someone who is overdosing or in crisis call 911.

To everyone who is suffering right now. Please reach out.

There is love and support out there. You are not alone.

Canada Suicide Prevention Service

Ph: 1-833-456-4566
Txt: 45645
Chat: crisisservicescanada.ca

Kids Help Phone

Ph: 1-800-668-6868
Live Chat counselling: kidshelpphone.ca

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention

Find a 24-hour crisis centre: suicideprevention.ca/need-help/

Hope for Wellness Help Line

Ph: 1-855-242-3310
Chat Online: hopeforwellness.ca