Registered Psychiatric Nurses, Partnering with People

Mental Health

The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan believes that Saskatchewan should have a comprehensive and integrated health care system, and calls for Registered Psychiatric Nurses to join consumers and other health care professionals in a commitment of working toward efficient, effective, accessible and accountable health care.

The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan affirms the principles of the Canada Health Act, which are: comprehensiveness, universality, portability, public administration and accessibility. Mental health is an essential component of all primary health services. As well, basic socio-economic needs are essential aspects of mental health. Consumers with particular needs must have accessed to specialized mental health services.

RPNAS supports the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of health as, “not just the absence of disease, but a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being.” People with mental health needs deserve quality health care services that are included within the core services available to everyone and funded/insured within the government plan.

A continuum of options must be available to mental health consumers. A continuum of care reflects the desire to provide treatment in the least invasive environment. The human rights, cultural values and personal priorities of individuals with mental health needs must be respected. A wide range of resource options are required for the promotion of mental health and the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of mental illness.

Consumers have knowledge and skills that can be used in their self-care, through self-help groups and in paid employment to support others with mental health needs. All stakeholders, including Registered Psychiatric Nurses and consumers, must be involved in meaningful participation in planning, policy making, service delivery and ongoing evaluation of mental health services.

Approved by Council
December 2001