The City is entering the final push for responses to the social needs assessment.
Lloyd Needs is a survey being conducted by the Lloydminster Family and Community Support Services along with the Lloydminster Regional Health Foundation, which aims to gather input from the public regarding what they think the community needs.
The Fund Development and Special Projects Manager with the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation Malcolm Radke says LRHF was particularly focused on the mental health aspects of the survey.
“We’ve really discovered some eye-opening stats. We’re averaging about eight in 10 people affected by mental health, either directly themselves or a close friend or family member. For us we know, based on the figures right here in the community that’s obviously something important that we need to help with.”
Radke says they have over 1,000 responses so far but they are hoping to break the 2,500 mark.
“The City is looking at this survey, [LRHF] is looking at this survey and we’re making key decisions on what the residents have to say. It’s a very direct way to have your voice heard and we’re listening.”
He adds, “if you think there’s a particular cause that is under funded or doesn’t have enough attention, [the survey] is a great way to get it on the radar.”
Residents over the age of 17 are encouraged to complete the survey. It will remain open until October 16.