Mentally Safe Minecraft Server wins award for innovation in mental health

The Council of the Federation Award for innovation in Mental Health and Addictions Care recognized a Saskatchewan Minecraft program today.
The Mentally Safe Minecraft Server is a monitored server for the popular game, and it combats cyberbullying and it’s effect on ,mental health.
The Saskatchewan Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association won the award for the province.

They added a specific chat area to the program that enables youth to ask a mental health worker questions about mental health or how to access services.

“Saskatchewan helplines have been added and a space for virtual groups to gather and learn about mental health tools,” said a media release from the province.

They said each province’s recipient receives a one-time award of $5,000 to advance their initiative and to encourage further innovation. Provinces and territories can share best-practice ideas so that all Canadians can benefit from innovations in mental health and addictions care.

“Working with our partners, our government is committed to supporting high-quality mental health and addictions services for Saskatchewan residents,” said Mental Health and Addictions Minister Everett Hindley in the release.

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