Saskatoon Community Recovery Team helping those with mental health challenges

A new Community Recovery Team in Saskatoon uses a holistic approach to help people living with complex, persistent mental health challenges. Devin Sauer / Global News

People living with complex, persistent mental health challenges in Saskatoon now have support from a Community Recovery Team (CRT).

The new mental health initiative uses a holistic approach to help clients manage symptoms, achieve their goals, avoid hospitalization, and thrive in the community.

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Saskatoon’s CRT is staffed with a mental health nurse, social worker, clinical counsellor, occupational therapist, addiction counsellor, and assessor co-ordinator.

“(CRTs) are an important step in supporting clients to be successful at home and in their community,” Colleen Quinlan, executive director of mental health and addictions for the Saskatchewan Health Authority, said in a press release.

“The interdisciplinary team approach allows for comprehensive and customized care plans that are centred around the client. This type of model allows us to be flexible and responsive and provide support when and where the client needs it the most.”

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CRTs will also be launched in Regina, Prince Albert, North Battleford, Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Yorkton and Weyburn with $4.2 million in funding from the federal government.

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If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate help.

The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Depression Hurts and Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 all offer ways of getting help if you, or someone you know, may be suffering from mental health issues.

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