If you are in Crisis, call First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line 1-855-242-3310 Toll free, 24/7 for Mental Health and Wellness.
- 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.
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.
Factors Influencing Mental Health
Historical determinants, such as the legacy of residential schools, are believed to have shaped the mental health of Aboriginal people. A research project commissioned by the Aboriginal Healing Foundation found that 75 percent of the case files for a sample of Aboriginal residential school survivors contained mental health information with the most common mental health diagnoses being post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse disorder and major depression.
Programs and Services
Health Canada is committed to assisting First Nations and Inuit communities to achieve better health with several mental health-related programs and services:
- Brighter Futures and Building Healthy Communities
- National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy
- National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program
- Indian Residential Schools Mental Health Support Program
Resources and Links
Check out our resources and links for more information on:
Mental Health and Wellness
First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework – Summary Report
A coordinated, comprehensive approach to mental health and addictions programming, which respects the model of whole health – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and economic well-being.
Aboriginal Youth Network
Check out their Health Centre for information covering a variety of health topics, including mental health, depression, suicide, eating disorders and addictions.
Canadian Mental Health Association
Check out this link to access a wide array of mental health-related information and resources.
Canadian Psychological Association’s Your Health: ‘Psychology Works’ Fact Sheets
This Web site offers a wealth of information on a variety of mental health-related topics, such as parenting, relationships, grief, gambling, suicide, insomnia, depression, etc.
Suicide Prevention Toolkit for First Nations Communities
Assessment and Planning Tool Kit for Suicide Prevention in First Nations Communities.
Aboriginal Youth: A Manual of Promising Suicide Prevention Strategies
This report discusses promising strategies that can be used at the community, school and family level for preventing suicide among Aboriginal youth.
Acting on What We Know: Preventing Youth Suicide in First Nations
This report sheds light on some of the root causes of suicide and presents recommendations to reverse the alarming trend among First Nations youth in Canada.
Assessment and Planning Tool Kit for Suicide Prevention in First Nations Communities (PDF version)
This resource can give you the tools you need to assess your community and develop a plan to prevent suicide.
Centre for Suicide Prevention
Check out this link for more information on suicide prevention, and to learn about training opportunities.
Tools for Aboriginal youth for making good decisions about sharing online
By Media Smarts
To help Aboriginal teens make smart decisions when sharing online, Facebook, MediaSmarts and APTN partnered to translate the Think Before You Share guide into three common Aboriginal languages: Ojibwe, Cree and Inuktitut. The new resources are freely available on the Facebook Family Safety Center, MediaSmarts and APTN websites.
The guides offer teens advice on safe, wise and ethical online behaviour. Research shows young people prefer to deal with online issues socially, rather than relying on technological tools. That’s why the guides recommend dealing with unwanted sharing by talking to the person responsible offline. They also give young people tips for dealing with “hot” emotional states like anger or excitement that can lead to making bad choices about sharing things online, and remind them to turn to friends, family and other trusted people in their lives for support if things go wrong.
Young people want to make good decisions about sharing online. With the Think Before You Share guides they have the tools they need to do just that.