Advocacy groups decry federal government’s shutdown of mental health website, app

 By Nicole Ireland THE CANADIAN PRESS Mental health and addictions experts are slamming the federal government’s decision to shut down an online service where people could find free counselling and peer support over the last four years.   Health Canada announced in February that it would stop funding the Wellness Together Canada website and PocketWell app on April 3.   Despite a public plea from an alliance of 18 mental health and addictions organizations for the government to reconsider, the service ends at 11:59 p.m. EDT Wednesday.   “We know that tens and thousands, if not millions, of Canadians are in need of mental health and substance use health support. And that has only worsened as a result of the pandemic,” said Sarah Kennell, national director of public policy for…

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