Health and Community Services
October 10, 2018

Youth Invited to Participate in Mental Health and Addictions Services Questionnaire

The Provincial Government is seeking input from youth between the ages of 12 and 25 through an online questionnaire on their opinions and experiences accessing mental health and addictions services. The purpose of the questionnaire is to help build better programs and services for young people when and where they are needed.

Youth are encouraged to participate by visiting engagenl.caexternal link icon. The questionnaire can be completed on a computer or mobile device.

Youth who are unable to complete the questionnaire online may request a written copy by calling Linda Warford, Mental Health and Addictions Division, at 709-729-4453.

Written submissions may also be sent through regular mail to the address below:

Youth Mental Health and Addictions Services Questionnaire
c/o Public Engagement Division
P.O. Box 8700
4th Floor, West Block
Confederation Building
St. John’s, NL
A1B 4J6

The deadline is November 15, 2018.

Results of the questionnaire will help inform the development of a new integrated service delivery model for youth and young adults. This is a recommendation in Towards Recovery: The Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador.

This initiative delivers on commitments in The Way Forward to deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.

Quotes
“We can change the mental health and addictions system through this process, so young people can access the services and supports they need. Youth are a crucial part of the conversation. We need them to have a voice in this process. I look forward to hearing their views about what is important to them and what they think we need to do to make the system better. Their input will help us identify gaps and bring forward solutions to ensure young people have access to the right services, at the right time, and in the right place.”
Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Community Services

“The launch of this questionnaire is an important step in the process to understand how to best support young people around their mental health needs, and their needs in addressing addictions. Through its own consultations, Choices for Youth has heard directly from young people across our province that it is vital to get things right across all of the systems that aim to support youth to live healthy, stable lives.”
Sheldon Pollett
Executive Director, Choices for Youth

“Hearing the voice of young people throughout our province is critical to ensuring that changes made in our mental health and addiction services are meaningful and responsive to the youth of our province. We need to understand what challenges, barriers, and opportunities exist for young people seeking services and this questionnaire will help in broadening this understanding.”
Angela Crockwell
Executive Director, Thrive

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Learn More

Engage NLexternal link icon

Towards Recovery: The Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Newfoundland and LabradorPDF icon

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Media contacts
Tina Newhook
Health and Community Services
709-729-1377, 728-2837
tinanewhook@gov.nl.ca

Angela Picco
Choices for Youth
709-754-0446
apicco@choicesforyouth.ca

Angela Crockwell
Thrive
754-0536
acrockwell@thrivecyn.ca

2018 10 10                              11:30 a.m.