Saskatchewan. Mental Health Association Wins Award for Excellence in Minecraft Game

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The Saskatchewan Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA-SK) has won an award for mental health support through supervised play to address cyberbullying and its impact on mental health.

CMHA-SK was named the Saskatchewan winner for Mentally Safe Minecraft Server, which was created and programmed by Saskatchewan youth with mental health issues.

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“On behalf of Premier Scott Moe, I commend the team that created the Mentally Safe Minecraft service, with the support of CMHA Saskatchewan, for finding a unique way to reach kids through online play while promoting mental health and wellbeing,” Mental Health and Dependencies Minister Everett Hindley said in a statement. “Working with our partners, our government is committed to supporting high-quality mental health and addictions services for Saskatchewan residents.

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In-game, there is a chat option where young people can discuss services with a trained mental health worker. Positive tips for creating and promoting mental well-being, which can be difficult in online gambling circles, appear on screen every 10 minutes.

According to the release, Saskatchewan helplines have been added along with a space for virtual groups to gather and learn about mental health tools. Plus, there are creative events to celebrate Mental Health Week and challenge player creativity.

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“CMHA Saskatchewan is thrilled to have its Mentally Safe Minecraft server recognized as an innovator in the field of mental health and addictions care,” said Rebecca Rackow, Director of Advocacy, Research and Policy Development CMHA-SK public events. “We have a very supportive community of gamers and mental health workers who care for each other and provide a safe gaming environment when the internet is often uncertain and challenging.”

Recipients from every province across the country receive a $5,000 prize to further their initiative and encourage innovation. Best practices will be shared so that all Canadians can benefit from innovations in mental health and addictions care.


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