May 1, 2023
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New data reveals that 88% of people living in Saskatchewan want universal mental health care

Saskatoon, SK (May 1, 2023) – People living in Saskatchewan believe that we are in a mental health crisis and that governments are not doing enough about it. A recent survey conducted for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) found that 88% agree that people living in Saskatchewan should have access to universal mental health care.

Universal mental health care means the services needed are available, they are funded through public health insurance plans and free to the individual, and they are the same – no matter where a person lives or who they are. Universal mental health care meets everyone’s needs.

“We hear stories from people in Saskatchewan every day that services are hard to find and not available to everyone,” says Faith Bodnar, Executive Director, CMHA Saskatoon. “Just like physical health, mental health is important to living a fully engaged life. Which is why mental health services should be fully covered.”

The survey found that of the 34% of Saskatchewanians who have experienced a mental health concern in the past year, 41% did not reach out for help primarily because it is too expensive or because they don’t know where to find it. The research also showed that 57% of people living in Saskatchewan would access mental health care through a community organization with a free program.

The release of these findings aligns with CMHA’s 72nd annual Mental Health Week, May 1-7, 2023. This year’s theme is MY STORY and aims to shine a spotlight on community mental health care champions, programs and communities while showcasing the importance of securing universal mental health care.

“We are thrilled to be hosting Mental Health Week 2023 and to continue our work in promoting mental health and wellness in the Saskatoon community,” said Faith Bodnar, Executive Director of CMHA Saskatoon. “This year’s theme of #mystory is all about encouraging people to share their mental health journey, and we hope that this week will help reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and create a more supportive community for all.”

To kick off the week a community BBQ will be held on Wednesday, May 3 at Kinsmen Park. The BBQ will provide an opportunity for members of the community to come together, enjoy good food and company while raising awareness about mental health. Everyone is welcome.

On Thursday, May 4, CMHA Saskatoon will hold a Mental Health Week Rally and Run for Women registration event. The rally will take place at the River Landing Amphitheatre and will feature inspiring speakers sharing their journey with mental health. After the rally, participants can sign up for the upcoming Run for Women event, with proceeds going to CMHA Saskatoon.

This Mental Health Week, we can harness the power of storytelling to help build connections and understanding between each other while strengthening our communities. To get involved, you can:

  • Share your story and support for universal mental health care using the hashtags #MyStory and #MentalHealthWeek;
  • Visit for more information and to download resources;
  • Donate to support CMHA mental health programs and services;
  • Connect with CMHA Saskatoon if you or someone you love is struggling or visit the Government of Canada’s Wellness Together portal. If you are in crisis, please call 1-833-456-4566 toll free in Canada (1-866-277-3553 in Quebec) or dial 911.