Mental Health and Addiction Services are provided by counsellors, family social workers, addictions counsellors, and other members of the integrated care teams such as harm reduction nurses and outreach workers. We usually start with an initial consultation in person or over the phone to discuss your health and wellness concerns and any safety concerns. These consultations are available to anyone, including other agencies and families with young children. If you are in crisis or need immediate help, we will link you to appropriate services inside or outside SOAHAC and emergency services if needed.
SOAHAC’s mental health services are offered in a manner that is sensitive to First Nations, Metis, and Inuit history and family life. There is an opportunity to learn both culture-based strategies and teachings, and therapeutic western practices. We focus on helping people feel more confident and hopeful as they gain strength and knowledge, additional coping skills, and the capacity to continue making positive changes.
Mental Health Counselling
Services include screening and assessment, some crisis intervention and planning, community referrals, client advocacy and follow-up, and the development, implementation, and monitoring of wellness plans. Counselling may be short term or long term, and addresses things like:
- Healing from and coping with abuse, personal/intergenerational trauma, and other impacts of loss of culture and identity
- Difficult life challenges
- Mental health issues like anxiety or depression
- Management of emotions like anger, stress, guilt, grief and loss
- Learning techniques to manage thoughts, feelings, and behaviours
- Identifying personal strengths and resources to help you
Transitional Case Management
Transitional Case Managers (TCMs) provide short term support services if you are in transition between services or institutions such as hospitals, treatment centres, or the justice system. They ensure stability of care, relationships, and information between these different settings. Examples include going from home into a treatment centre, institutions back into community, and moving from child services to adult services. TCM services may include short term counselling and support, crisis intervention and prevention, care and treatment planning, service coordination, collaboration with community services, referrals and advocacy.
Family Social Worker
The Family Social Workers provide a variety of social work services to SOAHAC clients. They are focused on assisting families to improve wellness, achieve stability, and increase resilience. This may include: care planning, assistance with housing, employment, or income needs, brief counselling, crisis intervention and prevention, referrals, forms assistance, and advocacy.
Addiction Recovery Services
SOAHAC Addictions Counsellors provide services for everyone, including individuals, family members and caregivers. We offer individual and group supports that promote healthy lifestyle options, including prevention, treatment, and aftercare. Examples of services include:
- Screening and assessment
- Referrals and applications to Treatment Centres and Healing Lodges
- One-to-one Counselling and wellness planning
- Help identifying group and family support options
- Group support such as: Wellness Support Circles based on White Bison Teachings; Traditional Healing and Educational Support Groups; Support Groups for Women; and Support Groups for Men
- A range of approaches, from harm reduction to abstinence
Harm Reduction Services
Harm reduction means helping people stay as safe as possible while they are still using drugs. This might mean teaching them about the different risks involved with using, or it might be providing them with a Naloxone kit to stop overdose. It could also be providing clean drug equipment to stop the spread of diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C.
Harm reduction services are non-judgmental and focused on saving lives. Depending on which site you receive services at, you might see a Harm Reduction Outreach Worker, a Harm Reduction Nurse, or another member of the integrated care team to access these services. We also work with partners in different communities, and with other members of the mental health team and SOAHAC staff as appropriate. We will support your health and wellness if you are ready to stop using drugs, or if you are not.
Some SOAHAC sites provide Naloxone kits and training, a needle syringe program, and support and education. Please contact the site nearest you to learn which harm reduction services are available in your area.