$500,000 will support Mental Wellness Teams in the territory
YELLOWKNIFE, April 11, 2018/CNW/ - Accessibility to supports and services is essential to addressing the mental health needs of Indigenous Peoples. The Government of Canada and the Government of Northwest Territories
Today, Member of Parliament Michael McLeod, on behalf of the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, and Glen Abernethy, Minister of Health and Social Services for the Northwest Territories, announced an investment of $500,000 to support Mental Wellness Teams across the territory. This builds on previous investments over the past two years.
The funding will support new and existing Mental Wellness Teams and projects in place to improve access to mental health services while strengthening existing community supports for Indigenous Peoples.
In the Northwest Territories, the funding is being administered in partnership with the NWT On the Land Collaborative, allowing for the enhancement and expansion of mental wellness programs administered on the land throughout the territory. Delivering programming on the land respects the unique cultural aspects of mental wellness for Indigenous peoples. The team approach supports mentorship and sustainability planning, and provides projects with the expert resources they need to maximize the impact of this funding investment for individuals and communities.
"Our government recognizes that the mental health challenges facing Indigenous people, particularly youth, are deep-rooted and complex. As such, a multi-faceted and collaborative response is required. Today's announcement to invest in Mental Wellness Teams in the Northwest Territories is one example of the important work that must be done to improve access to services and support the mental health of Indigenous Peoples in the territory."
The Honourable Jane Philpott, M.D., P.C., M.P. Minister of Indigenous Services
"In the Northwest Territories we have seven Mental Wellness Teams that provide services to our residents in their communities where they are needed the most. The funding announced today will enhance the work of the Mental Wellness Teams as they provide day-to-day mental health services that include assessment, intake and aftercare as well as community outreach with events like sharing circles and land-based programming. The Government of the Northwest Territories has made it a priority to provide all residents of the Northwest Territories with culturally appropriate mental health and addictions services."
Glen AbernethyMinister of Health and Social Services for the Northwest Territories
"Being on the land is an important part of mental wellness for Indigenous people. The mental wellness team approach provides us with expert services, mentorship, and resources to support programming for community members that reconnects them with themselves, each other, our culture, and the land itself."
Chief Wilfred McNeely Jr.K'asho Got'ine Charter Community
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