Mental Health Resources
At Many Nations, we promote culturally relevant mental health resources for Indigenous people. Let us help you find support you may need for yourself, or your family members.
Employee Assistance Program
If your employer has a benefit plan through us, an employee assistance program may be included in your plan. A request for an Indigenous counsellor can be made at intake. To find out if you have an employee assistance program, please contact us at 1-800-667-7830 and press 0 to speak to a customer service representative or email us at email@example.com.
If your employer has a benefit plan through us, virtual healthcare may be included in your plan. Virtual healthcare can be used for both physical and mental health needs. To find out more, please contact us at 1-800-667-7830 and press 0 to speak to a customer service representative or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope for Wellness Helpline and Chat
The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada. Call the 24/7 toll-free helpline 1-855-242-3310, or chat with a counsellor online: hopeforwellness.ca
Thunderbird Partnership Foundation
The Thunderbird Partnership Foundation is a non-profit organization that is committed to working with First Nations to further the capacity of communities to address substance use and addiction. Promoting a wholistic approach to healing and wellness that values culture, respect, community, and compassion. Their top priority is developing a continuum of care that would be available to all Indigenous people in Canada. See a list of Treatment Centres by Province: https://thunderbirdpf.org/treatment-centre-statuses/
Indian Residential School Survivor Society
The Indian Residential School Survivors Society encourages you to take time to care for your Mental and Emotional well-being. Please contact The Indian Residential School Survivors Society toll-free 1 (800) 721-0066 or the 24 hour Crisis Line 1 (866) 925-4419 if you require further emotional support or assistance. irsss.ca/services
British Columbia: 1-877-477-0775
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls
If you require immediate support, please the toll-free 24/7 support line at 1-844-413-6649 to speak to a counsellor. The service is available in English, French, Cree, Anishnaabemowin (Ojibway) and Inuktitut. mmiwg-ffada.ca/aftercare-services
If you have coverage with the First Nations Health Authority, your plan covers counselling services from a qualified mental health provider. Your plan will cover as many hours of counselling as you and your provider determine you need. To view an interactive map of available providers, visit: www.fnha.ca/benefits/mental-health
There is also the FNHA Mental Health Providers Map that lists Mental Health Providers that meet the First Nations Health Benefits eligibility: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1__frtHKrJ2z6G26RPBN1PGeMYgFlkiE&ll=55.01972545406387%2C-124.27533385000001&z=6
You can also view the FNHA Mental Health and Substance Use page for more information on support and treatment centres: https://www.fnha.ca/what-we-do/mental-wellness-and-substance-use
If you have coverage through the Non-Insured Health Benefits program, mental health counselling is available. Contact your regional office for more information.
Talking Stick provides a safe space for Indigenous people to have a one on one conversation with an Indigenous advocate about topics that concern you. This online chat platform is by First Nations, for First Nations. All conversations are anonymous. Please note that this is not a crisis tool, but is a place for you to be listened to and supported by those who share your language, culture and history. Chat online: my.talkingstick.app
The Thunderbird Wellness App promotes a strengths-based, trauma informed approach to supporting Indigenous wellness. The App provides tangible ways to support First Nations, from opioid and methamphetamine use, to treatment, prevention, addressing stigma associated with substance use and how to support harm reduction strategies, all presented in a user friendly, culturally grounded way. The Thunderbird Wellness App is free and will is available on the iOS App Store and Google Play.
Assaulted Women's Helpline
Help for women and families experiencing domestic violence to find the right supports. Includes help in 17 Indigenous languages. Call 1-866-863-0511 for 24-hour support. https://www.awhl.org/
Healing Hearts Bereavement Support
Healing Hearts Bereavement support is offered by Moms Stop the Harm (MSTH), a network of Canadian families impacted by substance-use related harms and deaths. MSTH advocates to change failed drug policies and provide peer support to grieving families and those with loved ones who use or have used substances. Healing Hearts is a free bereavement support group specific to those grieving the loss of a loved one due to overdose or substance-use related harms. Healing Hearts support groups offer an open-format peer-facilitated model of support. Healing Hearts does not offer therapeutic counselling. The group facilitators have lived experience and have personally lost a loved one to substance related harms. Find a support group here.
Wellness Support Services (Residential School Support Workers) provided by Saskatoon Tribal Council
These services include emotional support for individuals, families and groups by providing referrals to community resources such as Elders and Healers. Call 306-956-6100
211 Saskatchewan offers a database of over 6,000 community, social, non-clinical health, and government services. To search for Indigenous services, click on the search option and type Indigenous as the keyword: https://sk.211.ca/search/?search=keyword&keyword=Indigenous&location=
Turning Leaf Support Services (Moose Jaw & Regina Area)
Turning Leaf offers Indigenous services including Elder services, Sweat Lodge and Teachings, 4 Medicines, Naming Ceremonies, Smudging Ceremonies, Sharing and Healing Circles, Solstice Celebrations, Coming of Age Ceremony, Powwows, Round Dance and more. Call toll-free 1-855-221-5594 or email email@example.com
Elder Support provided by Ile a la Crosse Friendship Centre
Elder support available Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Call 306-833-2313.
1-800 Indigenous Support Line: Walk with Me, Talk with Me, Learn with Me
This confidential telephone service helps First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and their families by providing culturally safe supportive listening, connections to health resources, Indigenous cultural supports, and help with addiction / mental health concerns. Calls are answered by Indigenous Listeners. 1-844-944-4744.
Alberta Indigenous Virtual Care Clinic
Adults and adolescents aged 13 years and older can access a broad range of culturally safe mental health services remotely from anywhere in Alberta by calling 1-888-342-4822.
Kuu-Us Crisis Line Society of British Columbia
Toll free: 1-800-588-8717
Métis Line: 1-833-638-4722
Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society of British Columbia
Confidential outreach services such as counselling, cultural supports and personal wellness programs. Call toll-free 1-888-403-3123 or visit www.tsowtunlelum.org.
Métis Nation of British Columbia
Métis Crisis Line 1-833-638-4722
Wa-Say Healing Centre
Wa-Say Healing Centre primarily (but, not solely) assists former Indian Residential Schools
(IRS) students and their families in accessing appropriate levels of emotional health
and wellness support services: 204-774-6484
NIHB Manitoba Region
Mental health therapists (Social Worker, Psychologist, Psychiatric Nurse)
and/or cultural healing providers who are providing care: (204) 983-4571 or 1-800-665-8507 toll-free
Indigenous Crisis Services
Winnipeg Health Authority Indigenous Health
The Indigenous Health Patient Services Team supports Indigenous patients by helping them navigate the health-care system and connect with additional support services and organizations. Call 1-877-940-8880 to reach patient services.
Aboriginal Health & Wellness Centre of Winnipeg
AHWC provides Indigenous people in Winnipeg with quality healthcare, social support services and many other supports. They can be reached at 204-925-3700.
Klinic Community Health
Klinic crisis lines are open to people of all ages, genders and backgrounds. You do not have to be in crisis or suicidal to call. Calling the Crisis Lines can be a good place to start when trying to sort out a problem. They also refer you to other services or programs. Call the Crisis Line toll-free at 1-888-322-3019.
Northern Focus Counselling
This free and confidential support line is committed to helping northern communities in Manitoba. They can be reached 24/7 at 1-866-367-3276.
Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata: Spirit of Peace Program
The Spirit of Peace Program provides open and closed groups that are specific to Indigenous women, as well as men and children. The open groups are available to anyone to attend. For more information, call 204-925-0300.
Métis Nation of Ontario
The Métis Nation of Ontario’s offers a 24 hour Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line. For culturally specific mental health and addiction supports for adults, youth, and families in Ontario: 1-877-767-7572.
Aboriginal Health Access Centres of Ontario
AHACs provide different types of health and social support services to First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. They provide care both on- and off-reserve, in cities, and in rural and northern communities. Services include mental health counselling, traditional healing and addiction programs, and youth empowerment. You don’t need a referral, and there are no fees.
To book an appointment at an Aboriginal Health Access Centre, go to the website of the Association of Ontario Health Centres (www.allianceon.org/find-a-centre), and under the drop-down menu for Type, click on Aboriginal and then click Search.
A culturally grounded, fully confidential helpline for Indigenous women available in 14 languages all across Ontario. Toll-free 1-888-200-9997 or chat online: www.talk4healing.com/need-help
Nishnawbe Aski Mental Health and Addictions Support program. Support for members of the 49 First Nations communities in the Nishnawbe Aski Nation Territory. Toll-free 1-844-626-4673 or chat online: nanhope.ca
Cultural Wellness and Healing in Nunavut
Ilisaqsivik Society in Clyde River toll free counselling line: 1-888-331-4433
Kamatsiaqtut Helpline providing anonymous and confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 1-800-265-3333
Iqaluit Mental Health 1-867-975-5999
NWT Help Line
The NWT Help Line has registered nurses available to provide guidance related to your current health situation, mental wellness and addiction recovery and more. Call 811 or 1-844-259-1793.
NWT Community Counselling Program
The NWT Community Counselling Program provides on-the-ground access to mental health services in all of the regions. Trained counsellors are available for you to talk about any problems that you may be dealing with in your life as well as provide assistance or referrals to other services that could help you. This free service is available for all residents. Counsellors live in 20 communities. In all other communities, counsellors provide phone support and in-person counselling on a fly-in basis. If you need help or just want to talk, please call your community counselling program: www.hss.gov.nt.ca/en/contact/community-counsellor