Today marks the first day of Mental Health Week, which is celebrated across Canada. This year’s theme is ‘Understanding Our Emotions’.
Part of maintaining mental wellness is recognizing, naming and accepting your feelings – this includes even the more uncomfortable ones like sadness, fear and anger. These feelings are all a normal part of life and each emotion is worthy of care and attention.
For over a year, people in the Northwest Territories (NWT) and across the globe have been living in the pandemic that has caused an increase in anxiety, stress and fear for many. Whatever your experience has been, your mental wellness matters and understanding the emotions you’re experiencing and addressing them, is important.
You are not alone. If you need support there are options available to you, including:
- Same day, drop in access to counselling through the Community Counselling Program.
- NWT Help Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is 100% free, confidential and anonymous. Call 1-800-661-0844.
- Kid’s Help Phone is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-800-668-6868 or text the word CONNECT to 686868 to talk to a counsellor.
- Strongest Families Institute provides help with child mental health concerns, academic progress, bullying, family relationships, and parental stress.
- BreathingRoom™ is a free online program that helps youth and young adults learn new ways to manage stress, depression or anxiety.
- Wellness Together Canada offers free tools and resources to support Canadians get connected to mental wellness and addictions recovery support and counselling.
- Thinking about suicide? Call 1-833-456-4566, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to talk to a trained responder.
What you can do to help:
- Facetime with loved ones.
- Think about ways to reach out to and help others who may need support in your community (groceries, errands, a phone call).
- Celebrate mental health week on social media with the hashtags #GetReal and #MentalHealthWeek.
- Take a free mental health course offered by the Canadian Mental Health Association.
- Learn and raise awareness about mental wellness programs and services available to residents, such as Talking about Mental Illness (TAMI) and the NWT Community Counselling Program.
To find out more about available mental wellness supports and services, please visit www.gov.nt.ca/wellness.
Media Requests, please contact:
Manager of Communications
Department of Health and Social Services
Government of the Northwest Territories Damien_Healy@gov.nt.ca
(867) 767-9052 ext. 49034