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From the Winnipeg Free Press–A psychiatric nurse-run private youth mental health clinic has opened in Winnipeg, aiming to help tackle months-long wait times in the public health-care system.

Psychiatric nurse Shea Silva began seeing clients last week at Cocoon Mental Health Clinic. The site in southwest Winnipeg offers mental health assessments for ages 12 to 25, at a rate of $150 per hour.

Psychiatric nurses already work in private practice, but Shea Silva said her vision for the clinic is one that works alongside family physicians and other health-care professionals.

Silva said she decided to take the leap into private practice, after working with adults in hospital and with youth in schools.

In an interview, Silva said she hopes the clinic (of which she’s executive director) will help take some of the burden off the provincial health-care system by reducing wait times — which she said currently are likely to be as long as six to nine months.

The clinic promises to see clients and complete assessments within two weeks, and estimates it will take up to three sessions for one assessment to be completed.

Psychiatric nurses already work in private practice, but Silva said her vision for the clinic is one that works alongside family physicians and other health-care professionals.

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