Below are a few quick resources from available to residents of Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Canada.
We hope you’ll find these helpful – we care about your mental health and are working all the time to improve all workers’ quality of life.
If you are passionate about mental health we would love to hear from you.
24 Hours / 7 Days
When you need to reach out and talk to someone, call the Help Line.
Kamatsiaqtut is there for people who need some- one to talk to about their troubles. Sometimes even our biggest worries and fears don’t seem so scary if we talk about them with someone who is willing to listen.
In Inuktitut, Kamatsiaqtut means thoughtful people who care. Our trained volunteers are on the other end of the line seven nights a week, 365 nights a year from 7 p.m. to midnight (Baffin time). They come from many walks of life and when their working day has ended, are ready with a listening ear for those who need someone to talk to. All of our volunteers speak English and many speak Inuktitut and French.
Since the Kamatsiaqtut Help Line began taking calls on Jan. 15, 1990, it has been committed to helping people help themselves. Kamatsiaqtut volunteers don’t provide the answers to problems. They help people find their own answers by offering a safe, supportive, non-judging place to talk things out. All calls are kept strictly confidential.
Kamatsiaqtut is for everyone, not just people in crisis. If you find yourself needing someone to talk to, whether you’re lonely, hurting, in distress or need someone to share good news with, give us a call.
Talk to someone you trust: a family member, elder, or a friend.
Embrace Life Council is a non-profit suicide prevention organization based in Iqaluit, Nunavut. We began with the recognition that there needed to be a coordinated initiative in addressing the high suicide rates in Nunavut.
ᐃᓵᒃᓯᒪᒋᑦ ᐃᓅᓯᕐᒧᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᑦ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓕᐅᖅᑎᐅᒐᑎᒃ ᐃᖕᒥᓃᖅᑎᑦᑎᑕᐃᓕᒪᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑐᕌᖓᔪᓂᒃ ᐱᓕᕆᔨᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖑᔪᑦ ᑐᖓᕕᖃᖅᑐᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᓐᓂ, ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ. ᐱᒋᐊᕈᑎᖃᓚᐅᖅᑐᒍᑦ ᐃᓕᑕᕆᔭᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᑐᑭᓕᐅᖅᑕᐅᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᒍᑕᐅᒋᐊᖃᓕᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕈᑎᔅᓴᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᐊᒥᓱᐊᓘᓂᖏᓄᑦ ᐃᒻᒥᓃᖅᐸᒃᑐᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ.
24 Hours / 7 Days
The NWT Help Line offers confidential support to residents of the Northwest Territories, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is 100% free and anonymous. The help line also has an option for follow-up calls with a Care Coach.
Trained counsellors can help you with any number of issues including:
- stress management;
- suicidal thoughts;
- sexual assault; and
Telephone Group Sessions
The Telephone Group Sessions offers NWT residents group counselling supports on a variety of topics, including:
- Suicide and Suicide Awareness
- Depression and Anxiety
- Grief and Loss
- Recovery Support
- Substance Abuse/ Addiction
Open and closed sessions are offered, with the closed sessions being part of a two or three part series. Open sessions can hold up to 23 individuals while closed sessions hold between 3-10 individuals to maintain group cohesiveness.
You can register for any of these sessions by calling the NWT Help Line and speaking with a CareCoach at 1-800-661-0844. You can call in to these sessions from your own phone.
These sessions are free, anonymous and confidential.
For dates and time, visit, https://www.facebook.com/NWTHelpLine/events/(link is external).
NWT residents can also contact a NWT Help Line CareCoach with questions via Facebook private messaging.
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/NWTHelpLine/(link is external).
The NWT Community Counselling Program helps people deal with a variety of issues including family violence, mental health issues and addictions. It is available free-of-charge to every NWT resident, in every region of the NWT.
If you’re experiencing emotional distress and want to talk, call the First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line at 1-855-242-3310. It’s toll-free and open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For more long term care, contact a First Nations and Inuit Health Regional Office.
Mental health and wellness encompass both the mental and emotional aspects of being – how you think and feel. Some signs of good mental health include:
- Knowing and taking pride in who you are;
- Enjoying life;
- Being able to form and maintain satisfying relationships;
- Coping with stress in a positive way;
- Striving to realize your potential; and
- Having a sense of personal control.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world’s leading research centres in its field.
CMHA is a national charity that helps maintain and improve mental health for all Canadians. With more than 10,000 staff and volunteers in more than 100 community locations across Canada, CMHA provides vital services and support to well over half a million Canadians every year. As the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA helps people access the community-based resources they need to build resilience and support recovery from mental illness in their own communities.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) leads the development and dissemination of innovative programs and tools to support the mental health and wellness of Canadians. Through its unique mandate from the Government of Canada, the MHCC supports federal, provincial, and territorial governments as well as organizations in the implementation of sound public policy.