A Podcast about Mental Health and Addictions


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


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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Premier Sandy Silver: Hello, my name is Sandy Silver and I'm the Premier of Yukon. It's a big honour of mine to be able to speak to you today from the traditional territory of the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in, here in Dawson City, Yukon.

On behalf of Canada's Premiers, I'm very proud to announce a new podcast series called Promising Practices. The goal is to tackle the stigma around mental health and substance use head on, by sharing innovative ideas from across the country – because no one is immune to these challenges, especially these days.

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the public health measures that we've been putting in place to protect us, have affected all of us.

Many Canadians are struggling, many people are feeling overwhelmed and alone. Many of us are worried about the future and anxious, as well, not knowing if things will ever get back to normal.

All of this on top of the daily stressors that we all face in our personal lives, relating to our finances, our relationships, and many, many other challenges.

This is why, now more than ever, we really need to talk about mental health and normalizing our struggles.

Promising Practices aims to further these important discussions. It presents an opportunity for all of us to come together to learn from one another, and to find ways to cope with our struggles.

In each episode, you'll hear from one of Canada's provinces or territories about a promising practice or an innovation in rural, remote and northern communities.

The first episode will focus in on Yukon’s mental wellness and substance use service hubs. These hubs are a collaborative program with Yukon, First Nations partners, communities and citizens, with the goal of providing where and when Yukoners needed it most.

We really hope that you tune in and that you subscribe to Promising Practices wherever you get your podcasts, or listen on the Council of the Federation website. And please remember you're not alone.


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