Saskatchewan NDP says if elected, will put more money into treating mental illness

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NORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask. - Saskatchewan NDP Leader Dwain Lingenfelter reiterated his party's promise to build a new psychiatric rehabilitation hospital if elected on Nov. 7.

Lingenfelter, who was in North Battleford, says Saskatchewan ranks at the bottom of the pack when it comes to mental health spending.

He says 20 per cent of Saskatchewan residents suffer from a mental illness at some point in their lives.

Lingenfelter also promised to build more community residential facilities as called for in a study last year by the Prairie North Health region.

He says the NDP will work with mental health organizations, clients and families to develop a five year strategy, similar to Manitoba, to improve mental health services.

An NDP government, he says, would fund an additional 40 acute care residential beds, as well as 80 transition beds.

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