Mental Health Services
Mental Health Services is a community mental health clinic offering assessment, individual and group therapy, supportive counselling and referral services for a wide range of emotional and behavioural problems and mental illnesses. Mental health professionals work to provide assistance in managing depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorders.
Requests for marital counselling, parenting skills and substance abuse counselling are likely to be referred to other agencies specializing in services for these problems.
Mental Health Services also provides funding to Yukon Family Services Association (a community counselling agency.)
Counsellors/therapists from Mental Health Services and Yukon Family Services travel to the communities outside of Whitehorse on a regular basis to provide services.
Services are confidential.
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. 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.
Mental Health Act
The Mental Health Act deals with the involuntary assessment and admission of people with a mental disorder who are at risk of harming themselves or another person. Consent to treatment by people with a mental disorder is generally dealt with under the Care Consent Act.
Mental Health Caregiver's Support Group
Are you caring or supporting a friend or family member with a mental illness? Come to our caregiver support group.
Reality Rules! a Yukon Early Psychosis Intervention website. Psychosis is a serious condition that affects the mind. It can be treated. Recognition, early Intervention and Access to supports will get and keep Life on track.
- A Child and Youth Mental Health and Addictions Framework for the Yukon: This framework was developed through a partnership of researchers from McMaster and Dalhousie Universities, and a working group from across Yukon HSS and Education departments, KDFN and the CYFN.
- Final research report: A child and youth mental health and addictions framework for the Yukon
Mental Health Forms
Mental Health Services
Toll Free (Yukon, Nunavut and NWT); 1-800-661-0408 ext. 8346
Mental Health Services (4 HospRd)
Health & Social Services, Government of Yukon
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
Location: 4 Hospital Rd. | Whitehorse, Yukon [map]