May 29, 2019 1:04 pm
Updated: May 30, 2019 1:30 pm

Sask. funding mental health training at post-secondary schools

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Education is providing $75,000 to support mental health training in the post-secondary sector.

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Students in public post-secondary schools across Saskatchewan will see better support when it comes to mental health.

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The provincial government is providing $75,000 to eligible institutions to help strengthen their ability to provide mental health supports and services to its students and staff.

“Mental health is a priority for the government of Saskatchewan,” said Tina Beaudry-Mellor, advanced education minister.

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“This initiative in the Ministry of Advanced Education acknowledges that mental health challenges affect our post-secondary sectors and that everyone, governments, institutions, communities and individuals, has a role to play in encouraging mental wellness for all.”

Through this funding, school employees will earn their trainer certification to provide Mental Health Commission of Canada First Aid (MHFA).

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The certificate gives them the skills to interact with those dealing with mental health problems or a crisis.

The Inquiring Mind (TIM) courses will also be available to students, faculty and staff. TIM address topics such as stigma reduction and resiliency skills.

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