Substance use health emergency

Substance Use Health Emergency

On January 20, 2022, the Government of Yukon declared a substance use health emergency following a drastic increase in overdose related deaths in the territory.

We're working closely with partners and Yukon First Nations to advance a range of harm reduction initiatives in response to the public health emergency.

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Mental Wellness Summit

The Summit brought together local, national and international leaders, partners, Yukoners and people with lived and living experiences.

Where to get support

We provide many services across the Yukon. Mental Wellness and Substance Use Services staff provide harm reduction supplies and education.

If your community is not listed call 866-456-3838 to get connected to the program closest to you. 


To make an appointment or to learn more about services in Dawson City email or phone 1-866-456-3838

Watson Lake

To make an appointment or to learn more about services in Watson Lake, phone 867-456-3838 or toll-free 1-866-456-3838.


To make an appointment or to learn more about Mental Wellness and Substance Use Services in Whitehorse, phone 867-456-3838 or toll-free 1-866-456-3838.

Where to find Mental Wellness and Substance Use Services in Whitehorse.

Other services in Whitehorse

Adult Counselling Services

Get counselling and support for families, youth and children

Referred Care Clinic and Services for opioid addiction

Supervised consumption site

Substance use in the Yukon

In response to the Substance Use Health Emergency, we've started several initiatives, including the creation of the Substance Use Health Emergency - Project Executive Committee. It consists of Yukon government representatives and partners working together on a coordinated response to the crisis.

Some initiatives this committee is working on:

  • launching a new territory-wide public awareness and education campaign addressing the toxic drug supply present in Yukon communities;
  • expanding drug testing and safe supply to rural communities and increasing availability in Whitehorse;
  • enhancing the Yukon government’s supervised consumption site to support people who use inhalants;
  • increasing on-the-land treatment options in the territory;
  • working with Blood Ties Four Directions to extend the hours of operation of the outreach van, which provides mobile fentanyl testing and enhanced supports to marginalized people; and
  • developing a new Opioid Action Plan to build on the success of the territory’s first Action Plan in 2018.

Feel well

World Mental Health Day is October 10.

On this day we celebrate and recognize the simple things Yukoners do to take care of their mental health and to feel well. Wellness looks different for everyone.
Check out the video here

Working together

Governments, organizations and communities across the Yukon are working to help Yukoners with mental wellness or substance use challenges.

This means Yukoners can find the support that best suits them and their needs.

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