A Podcast about Mental Health and Addictions

Featuring promising practices and innovations in rural, remote and northern communities

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Canada’s Premiers have created a podcast dedicated to sharing promising practices in mental health and addictions and reducing the stigma of mental illness. The podcast, entitled Promising Practices, will consist of 13 episodes. Each episode will profile an innovative program or initiative in one of the provinces and territories, with a focus on rural, remote and northern communities.

Mental health and addictions issues continue to impact many Canadians. The steps taken to protect Canadians from COVID-19 have brought greater focus to these issues. Given the importance of mental health and addictions, all Premiers look forward to sharing stories from across the country with Canadians through this podcast.

Podcast episodes will be released on a regular basis between March and June 2021.


Episode 3: Rapid Access to Addictions Medicine (RAAM) Clinics (MB)

April 6, 2021 – A RAAM clinic is an accessible walk-in clinic that people can visit to get help for substance use without an appointment or formal referral. Those aspects: easily accessible, self-referral, timely help – are key to this service model. RAAM clinics are for people seeking help with high-risk substance use and addictions.

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Episode 2: Internet-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Program (SK)

March 24, 2021 – This program uses technology to provide long distance care. Online therapists guide clinical treatment for people experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression and a variety of other conditions. The program is designed to support people who need help in all parts of Saskatchewan, whether they live in cities, rural areas, or the Far North.

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Episode 1: Mental Wellness and Substance Use Hubs (YK)

March 12, 2021 – These hubs are a collaborative program with Yukon First Nations partners, communities and citizens, with the goal of providing care close to home. The goal is that all Yukoners regardless of where they live, have access to timely mental health and substance use support wherever and whatever that they need the most.

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February 24, 2021 - Yukon Premier Sandy Silver announces Promising Practices podcast series on behalf of Canada's Premiers. Each episode will present an innovative approach from one of Canada's provinces or territories in addressing mental health and addictions, with an emphasis on rural, remote or northern communities.

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