For those of you who don’t know, I am currently I am living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Yes, try to say that 3X fast. Never goes well. If you live outside of Saskatchewan and if you’ve ever watched the movie Grown Ups, you’ve experienced how silly it is to say those words in a row.
Saskatoon isn’t the largest of cities, but it also isn’t all that small either. We are a booming city, slowly becoming a bit more trendy and a bit less behind the times. Not only does this relate to restaurants and fashion, but it also relates to mental health resources and awareness.
I was diagnosed at 16 years old. At that point, I wasn’t informed about any supports other than medication and to this day I don’t really know how many supports were out there 10 years ago. Over the years I have dug up and discovered groups and counselling that I have used along with my medications to lead to a healthy lifestyle. Without these things I never would have made it to where I am today. It is my hope that by spreading the word about the resources in Canada, more people will be able to reach out for support.
Below is a list of resources and supports you can find in Saskatoon.
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCE LIST SASKATOON
After Suicide Support Group
This group offers one-to-one support, as well as group support for adults and young adults ages 16 – 24 that have been affected by suicide. They provide information on suicide to various community organizations as well.
AlAnon / AlAteen
A non-professional self-help recovery program based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous with the single purpose of helping families and friends of alcoholics (whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not).
Phone 665-3838 (24 hours)
Alcoholics helping one another recover from alcoholism, using the 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous. The only requirement is a desire to stop drinking
Anxiety and Mood Disorders Program (McKerracher Centre)
Provides education, encouragement, and support through the form of individual and group therapy. The focus is on cognitive behavioural therapy. The program emphasizes teaching and research on anxiety and mood disorders. Strives to increase knowledge and understanding for family and friends as well as consulting with family doctors and their patients. Two psychiatric nurses, one social worker and three psychiatrists staff the program. Patients are first seen by one of the staff for assessment and orientation to the program.
Bipolar and Unipolar Support Group
Provides information, support and understanding for those individuals who have been diagnosed with Bipolar/Unipolar Disorders. The group offers the opportunity to share feelings and experiences with others who understand, to receive encouragement and support, to regain a sense of identity and positive self-worth, and to share information and ideas that can help in dealing with depressive and manic-hypomanic symptoms. Meets every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Phone 716-0863 or 683-0250 or 974-2601 or 244-2003
Brief and Social Detox (Larson House)
Provides detoxification services for substance abuse. Self-referral is necessary.
Provides residential addiction programming for adults, youth, and substance-affected individuals. Referral following assessment by an addiction counsellor is required.
Canadian Mental Health Association
Provides recreation and vocational counselling for adults with mental illnesses, resource materials on mental illnesses and mental health services, and a life skills employment program. Referrals to related agencies. Public awareness promotion.
Centralized Intake & Mental Health & Addictions Services
Point of entry to all services provided by all Community Mental Health and Addiction Services, and Rehabilitation/Residential Services to children, youth, and adults. Provides assessment, prioritization, interim support, and crisis intervention, when required. Provides information to community resources. Individuals or parents may be self-referred or referred by a healthcare practitioner. Mental Health and Addiction Services provides a range of inpatient and outpatient clinical services for clients of all ages who face mild, moderate, or severe mental health issues. Their team of professionals use a variety of helping strategies including individual, group and family therapies.
Adult Services: Phone 655-4100
Child and Youth Services: Phone 655-7950
Rehab Services: Phone 655-0440
A self-help group for people who have a history of mental health problems or disabilities. They offer a drop-in activity centre which provides a casual employment program and informal recreational activities. They also have a meal program two times a day for a minimal cost.
Depression Support Group
Informal group open to anyone struggling with depression and those trying to support them. They meet on first and third Thursday of each month from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Meetings are wheelchair accessible. Bring your own coffee or juice. No cost to attend program.
Phone: Marilyn 270-9198
Family Service Saskatoon
Provides an array of counselling to individuals, couples, families, and groups. For more information or to register for programs, call the Intake Counsellor.
Friends and Relatives of People with Mental Illnesses (FROMI)
A support group for families, relatives and caregivers of people with mental illnesses. They provide a confidential, supportive network, as well as an educational component. Meets 1st Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.
Phone 249-0693 or 933-2085 or 242-7670
Provides full-time and part-time programs for people with mental illnesses including dual diagnosis group, stress management, anger management, and a psychotherapy group, and numerous other essential programs for people affected by mental illness and their families
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Support Group
Provides information, education and support to individuals and family members who have been diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Opportunity is provided to share experiences and feelings with others who live with this illness. Meets every second Wednesday.
Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Services
Provides 24-hour mobile crisis intervention, crisis counselling, and conflict management to individuals or families in distress or crisis.
Saskatoon Community Clinic
A multi-disciplinary, cooperative health clinic which offers primary health care, health promotion activities, and community development programs. Primary health care services include physicians, nutritionist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, counsellors, community health nursing, pharmacy, and others.
Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan Partnership Program & “Stigma Busters:” Stories of Recovery
The Partnership Program is a public awareness program designed to reduce the stigma associated with schizophrenia and related disorders and to promote recovery from mental illness. They give presentations at high schools, elementary schools, the University of Saskatchewan, SIAST, to police officers, hospitals, drug and alcohol rehab centres, and many other places. People directly affected by schizophrenia and related psychosis including bipolar disorder, and depression present with family members of those with mental illness and health professionals as a team.
Schizophrenia Society’s “Your Recovery Journey” Program: for people directly affected by mental illness in Saskatoon. Your Recovery Journey is a 10 week peer to peer support program that focuses on “quality of life” for people affected by schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, depression, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Referrals to this program are taken at the Partnership Program office.
Phone for times and location: 374-3220
Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Chapter
A community based organization which provides support for families and people directly affected by schizophrenia or psychosis. They provide in-office support, information, support groups for family members and people directly affected by schizophrenia and related disorders. They run a resource library and encourage education and public awareness. They hold an annual fundraising walk in September.
Please call the office for Family Support Group meeting times and for further information on the Recreation Group for people directly affected by schizophrenia and related psychosis.
Chapter Phone 374-2224
Saskatoon Sexual Assault Centre
Provides services and counseling for people affected by sexual assault.
Partners for Mental Health
Partners for Mental Health, a national charitable organization, is supercharging a ground-breaking social movement that will transform the way we think about, act towards and support mental health in Canada.
They inform, engage, recruit, mobilize and partner with people and organizations to propel change on a scale unlike anything ever seen in this country.
Through public engagement, they empower Canadians to take action that will:
Encourage people to pay more attention to their own mental health and well-being.
Positively change attitudes and behaviours towards those living with mental health problems or illnesses.
Help change policies to improve the mental health system.
Increase funding for programs, services and research.