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To access Mental Health Services: Call or visit your local health centre to book an appointment.
It is important to take time to focus on our mental health and well-being. If you or someone you know is struggling, please remember that you are not alone; it can be overcome.
- Talk with someone you trust: a family member, elder, or a friend.
- Talk to a health care provider at the local health centre.
The GN offers community-based, regional, and out-of-territory mental health and addiction services. Different types of therapy can provide help and healing. The following are examples of different interventions, and the best treatment is often a combination of these.
Information Sheet - Getting Help
- Can happen over the phone where you speak with a counsellor directly.
- Can happen one-on-one or in a group. Group counselling is a place to talk with others and work through things together.
- Can help a person improve relationships, learn to deal with symptoms, and make and meet mental health goals.
- Can help a person and their family work out problems together and improve their relationship.
- Can help control symptoms and chemical imbalances that may occur with a mental illness. Talk with a health care provider to decide if medication is the best treatment.
- May involve a combination of medicines, long-term or short-term. A person works with their doctor to identify the medicine that works best. This may change over time.
- Eat well, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep.
- Spend time with people you love and trust.
- Avoid harmful substances such as drugs, cigarettes, or alcohol.
- Include activities that make you healthy, strong, and fulfilled.
If you or someone you know needs support, please reach out to one of these resources:
Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line offers anonymous and confidential telephone support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Toll Free 1-800-265-3333
- In Iqaluit 979-3333
Healing by Talking Program is a free telephone counselling service provided by the GN’s Department of Health.
- Call 1-888-648-0070
- Email email@example.com
GN’s Employee/Family Assistance Program
- Toll Free 1-800-663-1142
- Call 1-866-456-5216
- Call 1-867-975-6364
- Text 778-783-0177
- Online chat available at www.youthspace.ca
- Email counselling is available by calling 250-478-8357 or toll free at 1-866-478-8357
Isaksimagit Inuusirmi Katujjiqatigiit - Embrace Life Council
- Call 1-866-804-2782
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visit the website www.inuusiq.com for more information and support
Law Society of Nunavut
- Toll Free – 1-844-979-2330
- Inuktitut Toll Free – 1-888-990-4665
- In Iqaluit 975-2120
- Visit the website www.lawsociety.nu.ca
Kids Help Phone offers no judgement counselling for young people. No matter what you want to talk about, they will listen. It’s free, confidential, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Toll Free 1-800-668-6868
- Text ‘TALK’ to 686868 (no data plan, internet connection, or app required)
- Live chat www.kidshelpphone.ca
Hope for Wellness Help Line offers confidential counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Toll Free 1-855-242-3310
- Live chat www.hopeforwellness.ca
Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program offers cultural and emotional support and counselling to all former residential school students and their families. Services available 8:30am to 5:00pm; Monday to Friday.
- Call 1-866-509-1769 or 1-800-464-8106
Family Abuse Intervention Act (FAIA) provides support to families and individuals experiencing family violence.
- Toll Free 1-844-534-1038
Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) provides counselling services 24/7.
- Call 1-844-413-6649
Cultural Wellness and Healing in Nunavut
- Department of Healthy Living in Cambridge Bay: 1-867-983-4670
- Kitikmeot Friendship Society in Cambridge Bay: 1-867-983-3330
- Ilisaqsivik Society in Clyde River: Toll Free Counselling Line 1-888-331-4433
- Pulaarvik Kablu Friendship Centre in Rankin Inlet: 1-867-645-2600
- Tukisigiarvik Society in Iqaluit: 1-867-979-2400
- Piruqatigiit Resource Centre in Iqaluit : 1-867-877-4155
- Aqqiumavvik Society in Arviat: https://www.aqqiumavvik.com/
If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the RCMP, or go to your local health centre or hospital immediately.
Mental Health Links
- Embrace Life Council
- Iqaluit Mental Health – phone counselling available at 1-867-975-5999
- Mental Health Commission
- Canadian Mental Health Association
- Canadian Association for Mental Illness and Mental Health
- Centre for Addictions and Mental Health
- Government of Nunavut Foster Care