Yellowknife, Northern Canada hospital receives $2M anonymous donation

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The new Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife, here pictured days before opening, will benefit from an anonymous $2M donation intended to improve mental health care for youth and children in the Northwest Territories. (Walter Strong/CBC)
An anonymous donor has given $2 million to the Stanton Territorial Hospital for a three-year mental health program for youth and children.

According to a press release from the Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation Thursday, the program will “increase psychiatric assessments through the Hospital for Sick Kids tele-psychiatry program and … enhance youth psychiatry training for N.W.T. health and social services system staff.”

The program is scheduled to begin this year.

Sue Cullen, CEO of the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority, says the money will help examine how tele-psychiatry services fit within the N.W.T. health-care system.

“We can use these services to help improve the care and services we deliver to children and youth across the Northwest Territories,” she stated in the release.

The donation was made through the Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation, a registered not-for-profit organization that raises money for patient care at the hospital.

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Canada: Hospitalization for youth with mental health disorders up 58% in Canada’s Northwest Territories over past decade, CBC News

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Sweden: Gender stereotypes behind high suicide rate, Radio Sweden

United States: Alaska’s suicide rates jump 13 percent, report shows, Alaska Public Media

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