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Mental Wellness Strategy 2016-2026: Forward Together

The Yukon Mental Wellness strategy is a 10-year strategy addressing mental wellness in Yukon, and provides the overall direction for system response and improvement.

Innovation Fund - Yukon Mental Wellness Strategy

The Innovation Fund, under the Yukon Mental Wellness Strategy, provided opportunities for communities throughout Yukon to fund activities and learning to improve mental wellness for residents.
Funding was provided to First Nations, community organizations, and non-governmental organizations with preference for funding given to initiatives that were focused on communities outside of Whitehorse.

Mental Wellness Strategy Innovation Fund: Funded Projects

List of funded projects throughout Yukon.


If you have any questions about the Innovation Fund, please contact: Sonya Parsons at 456-6566 (long distance 1-800-661-0408 extension 6566) or Dallas Smith  at 667-8205 (long distance 1-800-661-0408 extension 8205).

This is a living document, and implementation activities recognize and build upon past and current work within Yukon, from First Nation partners, as well as the learnings from other Canadian and international jurisdictions.
The first two years is the beginning, and the collective actions will grow, develop and be sustained over the 10-year period.

The primary objective of the Mental Wellness Strategy will be to increase seamless mental health, trauma and substance use services with equitable access; a full continuum approach that spans the lifetime; cascading and need-appropriate service delivery and service matching; and to be accessible through any entry point or provider in the Yukon system in a culturally competent manner. The success of the Strategy will be determined by the strength of the relationships between government partners and with other stakeholders.

Our draft vision is that mental wellness is a central component of individual, family and community wellness that is fully supported by a comprehensive continuum of services building on the strengths and capacities of communities. The responsiveness at all levels takes into account the determinants of health throughout the life span.

Drawing upon Changing Lives — The Mental Health Strategy for Canada, and The First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework, eight guiding principles were identified and will serve as foundation for implementation of a collaborative system response to Mental Wellness in Yukon. The principles moving forward are: Person-Centered; Culturally Responsive; Integrated and Coordinated; Builds Capacity; Full Continuum; Evidence-Based Design and Practice; Accountable and Ongoing Evaluation; and Across the Life Span.

The Mental Wellness Strategy defines four strategic priorities for the next ten years:

  • Promotion and Prevention
  • Service Delivery„
  • System Performance and Access„
  • Innovation and Research

Within these strategic priorities, objectives have been set, and three focus areas will guide the first two years of implementation. Collaborative efforts will target improving access through the integration of services; child, youth and family focused initiatives; and community capacity building.

This strategy recognizes the diverse models, perspectives and contributors to service delivery in Yukon. As the system moves forward, it will be important to respect and acknowledge our differences as we build a sustained commitment at all levels of the system.

First Nations will be an important partner moving forward, and our success will require new thinking, innovation, integration and partnerships across the system.

Through working together, Yukon has the opportunity to be a leader in Canada on partnerships with First Nations as we create a collective, comprehensive response across the life span for people in Yukon.

Coordinated changes to our system will benefit from, and provide for, continued input from those who experience mental health, trauma and addictions problems, their families, caregivers and community members. Together we can build capacity, create support and move to an accessible and high quality system.


News Notes

Along with the Yukon Mental Wellness Strategy. The News Notes will serve as a way to communicate where things are at each month and what everyone behind the strategy has been up to.



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