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(Canada) Manitoba to spend $4.4M on "increasing" student mental health issues

Dec 2, 2019, CBC: Province commits $4.4M to mental health supports in Brandon, Portage la Prairie, Steinbach https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/province-commits-money-mental-health-supports-brandon-portagelaprairie-steinbach-1.5381201 The Manitoba government is investing millions of dollars toward improving mental health and addiction supports for young students in Brandon, Portage la Prairie and Steinbach. The province will pay $4.4 million over three years to "enhance existing school-based clinical teams with psychiatric nurses and addiction support workers," with help from school divisions, the Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre, regional health authorities and the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba…. "Hanover School Division is acutely aware of the increasing number of students suffering from mental health issues," said Randy Dueck, superintendent and CEO of the Hanover School Division, adding that the "social and emotional well-being of our students is a top priority for us over the next three years." The initiative will not duplicate or replace mental health supports already in place, but it will allow children to get help sooner, said Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen.