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Resources during COVID-19

We acknowledge that this is a stressful time, and mental health services and supports are available to Saskatchewan residents who need them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

1) Family Service Saskatchewan, in partnership with the SHA, supports 23 mental health walk-in clinics that are now offering services by phone in communities across the province, in light of the need for social distancing.

2) Other resources available to Saskatchewan residents include:

  • HealthLine 811 has dedicated mental health professionals who can provide 24/7 assistance or referrals 24/7 for people with mental health concerns.
  • The Farm Stress Line provides support for farmers and ranchers and is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. To get help, call 1-800-667-4442.
  • Kids Help Phone offers professional counselling, information and referrals by phone, text or online chat. It’s confidential, free and available 24/7.
  • Mobile Crisis centres are located across Saskatchewan and operate 24/7.
  • Employee and Family Assistance Programs can assist with mental health supports and counselling for qualifying employees and their dependents.

3) Ministries across government are providing mental health resources and supports such as:

  • Ministry of Social Services staff are supporting clients, service providers and Approved Private Service Homes. All CBO agencies continue to offer counselling by phone or virtual technology.
  • Indigenous Services Canada Mental Health Therapists are available by phone or Telehealth to residents of First Nations communities.

4) Please visit the Government of Saskatchewan website for information related to novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19. The website provides detailed information for Saskatchewan residents, healthcare workers, schools and workplaces as well as guidance on infection prevention, self-isolation/self-monitoring, mass gatherings and travel.

5) Public health officials continue to reassess the national and provincial public health risks, based on the best available evidence as the situation evolves. Any new measures and information on COVID-19 will be continually updated on the website.

6) For the most current information and updates regarding actions and measures taken by the Government of Canada, please visit www.canada.ca/covid-19.

COVID-19 Inquiries
Ministry of Health
Government of Saskatchewan
Regina, Canada S4S 6X6
COVID19@health.gov.sk.ca

SK MotherFirst Maternal Mental Health Strategy

Mothers, advocates and healthcare providers building maternal mental health capacity in Saskatchewan to improve awareness, assist in developing support services, and recommend policy updates for women who suffer from depression and or anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum.

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) are treatable! We are here to connect moms, her supports and healthcare providers, together, to receive appropriate treatment and supports and healing.

The SK MotherFirst Maternal Mental Health Strategy committee meets quarterly via WebEx to discuss issues and provide updates regarding Maternal Mental Health in Saskatchewan. This group will attempt to be regionally, professionally, and culturally representative. Significant professional associations and community organizations will participate, and there is representation from Aboriginal Health Services and women with lived experience. Members include:

Angela Bowen
co-Chair and SK Maternal Mental Health Strategy Project Manager
Associate Professor, College of Nursing
Associate Member, Department of Psychiatry
University of Saskatchewan
angela.bowen@usask.ca

Elita Paterson
co-Chair and SK Maternal Mental Health Strategy Public Representative
co-Author of The Smiling Mask: Truths about Postpartum Depression and Parenthood
elita.paterson@uregina.ca | 306-537-5636

Region/Professional Association/Community Organization: Representative:
Breastfeeding Committee of Saskatchewan Gwen Frank
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Saskatchewan Division Phyllis O’Connor
CNE/CPL (College of Nursing, UofS) Roxanne Laforge
co-Author of “The Smiling Mask: Truths about Postpartum Depression and Parenthood”, speaker & mother with lived experience Carla O’Reilly
Cypress Health Region Kristen Reinhart & Janette Egland
Family First Doula Services & mother with lived experience Sara Beckel
Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations vacant
First Nations Inuit Health Sheena Ermel
Five Hills Health Region Rona Hadley Cole
HealthLine 811, Maternal Wellness Program Sangeeta Gupta
Heartland Health Region Dee George
Kelsey Trail Health Region Margaret Rudychuk & Myrna Soonias
KidsFirst – Prairie North Kathy Byl
Midwives Committee of Saskatchewan Debbie Mpofu
Ministry of Health Kathy Willerth & Joe Kluger (ex-officio)
Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority Glenda Watson
Northern Health Regions Becky Campbell
Population Health Unit for Athabasca Health Authority, Keewatin Yatthe and Mamawetan Churchill River Regional Health Regions Jennifer Johnson
Prairie North Health Region Faith Nash
Prince Albert Parkland Jennifer Suchorab
Public Health Agency of Canada/Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) Jenelle Sedo
Public Representative, webmaster and co-author of “The Smiling Mask: Truths about Postpartum Depression and Parenthood” & mother with lived experience Elita Paterson
Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region Morag Granger
Saskatchewan Health Authority Sherri Julé
Saskatchewan Prevention Institute Megan Clark
Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association vacant
Saskatoon Health Region Cathy McEachern
Sunrise Health Region Lois Okrainec and/or Brent McKee
Sun Country Health Region Judy DeRoose
Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association vacant
University of Saskatchewan Angela Bowen
Yorkton Tribal Council vacant

Available for communication: Psychiatry (Dr. Natarajan); College of Physicians and Surgeons (Dr. Alanna Danilkewich); Obstetrician (Dr. Malleck); Norther Health Regions (Dr. Britton).

Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes that same village to raise a mother.