N.B. releases report on supporting those with addictions, mental health challenges

New Brunswick has released a new report on supporting those with addictions and mental health challenges.

The province says the report, released Monday, will focus on ensuring evidence-based, person-centered services.

It outlines actions in several areas to address gaps and ensure individuals and families have access to the programs and services they need, including: 

  • adopting a proactive approach to improving mental health;
  • bridging gaps in existing programs and services such as those addressing addictions;
  • offering a collaborative model of care through an integrated, person-centred approach to service delivery;
  • offering culturally relevant treatments and services, taking into consideration the individual's social context; and
  • enhancing the knowledge and awareness of individuals, families and health care and other service providers.

Supporting those with addictions and mental health challenges is one of seven priority areas the province is focusing on as it develops a document called the New Brunswick Family Plan.

Premier Brian Gallant says good mental health is fundamental to the resilience of individuals, families and communities.

The report was released on the first day of Mental Health Week across Canada.