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Mental Health - Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I am in crisis?

A crisis is a situation where you feel that you are in imminent risk of hurting yourself or others. This could be because of suicidal or homicidal thoughts and/or situations of abuse. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the RCMP or your local health center immediately.


What should I do if I am not in crisis, but think I might have a mental health issue?

If you are feeling upset, angry, sad, depressed, anxious or have any other emotions that are hard to deal with, you should talk to someone about it. Call or visit your community health centre or wellness centre, or talk to someone you trust – a parent, friend, teacher or Elder. You can also call the Kamatsiaqtut Help Line for support: (867) 979-3333 or toll free at (800) 265-3333.


What should I do if I have a substance abuse (alcohol or drug) problem?

Recognizing that you have a problem is always the first and hardest step. If you feel like you might have an addiction and want to get help, call or visit your community health centre or wellness centre for advice.


What should I do if I am worried about a friend or family member’s mental health or addiction?

If you think they will hurt themselves or someone else, notify the RCMP immediately. If you suspect they have a substance abuse or mental health issue, contact your community health centre for advice. Try to remember that they are still the same person that you care about and your support is crucial.


If I receive mental health services, will my information be kept confidential?

Your information will be kept completely confidential by the Government of Nunavut. It is however required by law that we notify the necessary authorities (RCMP) if you are at risk of hurting yourself or others.


If I’m not getting the help I need, or am not satisfied with the services I received, who can I call?

Patient Relations will answer your questions or concerns to make sure that you receive optimal care. Click here for more information about Patient Relations.


Who uses mental health services?

Everyone needs help sometimes, whether it’s dealing with big or small problems. Mental health, much like your physical health, is something that that needs to be taken care of, but sometimes we can’t do this on our own. Your local community health or wellness centre is there to help.