The Manitoba government is launching A Pathway to Mental Health and Community Wellness: A Roadmap for Manitoba, a new direction for the province’s mental health, substance use and addiction recovery system, and broader wellness and health promotion programs over the next five years, Mental Health and Community Wellness Minister Sarah Guillemard announced today.

As part of the launch, the Manitoba government is also investing $23.7 million to support ongoing initiatives that align with the priorities of the roadmap and $17.1 million in funding to support year one of the plan.

“Manitobans have told us what kinds of systems and supports they need, and this roadmap and our investment will deliver on those expectations,” said Guillemard. “Our government’s investment, along with the direction set out by the roadmap, will make the system easier to navigate so that people will have access to high-quality services when and where they need them.”

“Both before the pandemic and especially since the pandemic, the demand for child and adolescent mental health services has exceeded the existing resources,” said Dr. Laurence Y. Katz, medical director of child and adolescent mental health at Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg, and professor of psychiatry, University of Manitoba. “This roadmap provides the guiding principles for moving the system toward a more accessible, equitable, culturally sensitive and accountable child and adolescent mental health system with a focus on both prevention and treatment.”

A Pathway to Mental Health and Community Wellness: A Roadmap for Manitoba is Manitoba’s plan for building a responsive and reliable system for mental health, substance use and addictions services as well as chronic disease prevention and health promotion, the minister added. It follows a broad consultation process that engaged with more than 3,000 Manitobans, including frontline service providers and people with lived experience, to guide the roadmap’s development.

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