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Suicide Loss Support Program Launches Across Saskatchewan, released by Saskatchewan on 28 February 2024

Good day ladies and gentlemen, this is IRC news, I am Joy Stephen, a certified Canadian Immigration practitioner, and I bring to you this Provincial News Bulletin from the province of Saskatchewan. This recording originates from the Polinsys studios in Cambridge, Ontario.

Free, rapid access counselling is now available to support the immediate psychological needs of families and friends of people who have died by suicide or survived with significant injury or trauma.

The launch is part of the Government of Saskatchewan’s $200,000 in new annual funding to Family Service Saskatchewan to develop and deliver a provincial suicide loss support program. Suicide loss supports are an important prevention effort aimed at reducing the risk of future suicides due to unresolved grief or trauma.

The Rapid Access Counselling for Suicide Loss Program will be delivered in person in Regina (Family Service Regina), Saskatoon (Family Service Saskatoon), Prince Albert (Catholic Family Services) and Humboldt (PARTNERS Family Services) and will be accessible virtually and over the phone across the province.

Family Service Saskatchewan will provide a range of services that can include referrals, counselling, navigation support, education and awareness for families and communities. Family Service Saskatchewan is developing a network that families and friends can be referred to by individuals, families, health providers, police and other first responders immediately following a suicide or suicide attempt with significant injury or trauma.

The Government of Saskatchewan is investing a record $518 million for mental health and addiction services provided in 2023-24.
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