Addictions and Mental Health programs offer a cultural space for individuals with mental health and addictions issues to find the help they need in moving towards a healthier lifestyle. There are 16 addictions and mental health workers in Friendship Centres and individuals of all ages can access programs. The program also works to make better connections between urban Aboriginal communities and non-Aboriginal health services. This is done by educating non-Aboriginal staff about the specific needs of Aboriginal people and creating partnerships to connect them with the Friendship Centre.
These programs can help individuals in the following ways:
- One-on-one consultation regarding treatment options, treatment centres, non-aboriginal health services as well as meeting and understanding doctors instructions and notes for prescriptions;
- Culturally based services and support groups, including wholistic healing through medicine wheel teachings on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health, and participation in cultural activities such as drumming circles, ceremonies, and feasts