05/29/2012 06:08 EDT | Updated 07/29/2012 05:12 EDT

Newfoundland building new facility to help mentally ill youth

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The Newfoundland and Labrador government has broken ground at a site that will eventually become the province's first treatment centre for youth with mental illness.

The ceremony took place Monday in Paradise, west of St. John's.

Mayor Ralph Wiseman says the centre is long overdue.

Provincial Health Minister Susan Sullivan says that once the centre opens 2014, youth requiring treatment will no longer be sent outside the province for help.

The minister says the province had to do something to deal with an increasing caseload.