The Indigenous Mental team would like to begin by acknowledging that it resides on Treaty 7, Blackfoot territory and the program is founded on the Blackfoot philosophy, Iikaakiimaat, (e-gaw-gee-mot) meaning to “persevere and find inner strength”. This phrase is expressed in many different Indigenous languages and is meant as an encouragement to be steadfast in the face of hardship, transcend difficulties, and to achieve one’s goals.
The intention of this phrase is used in Indigenous Mental Health as a way to connect with individuals using the service, and to express our vision, “walking the path of cultural resilience towards mental wellness.” Indigenous Mental Health believes that a part of the healing process lies in the area of assisting Indigenous people to understand the impact of historical events and to assist in reclaiming, reconnecting, rebuilding and redefining themselves towards a holistic model for personal wellness. In this regard, Indigenous Mental Health offers a broad scope of unique services for the first peoples and those persons who identify as a first person, who reside both on- and off-the First Nations communities. These services include: psychiatry, nursing, therapy, wellness workers and traditional wellness workers.
Indigenous Mental Health believes that language and culture are important elements in the healing process. We also recognize that everyone is unique in the way that they heal from loss and trauma; however, our program offers a unique cultural focus that is specifically for the Indigenous community. We are proud of our program and the various services offered: confidential counselling for individuals, families, children and youth, nursing and psychiatric services, and support for locating stable housing, social services, and employment programming. Services are offered in the City of Calgary and to several surrounding First Nations communities and schools.
During Mental Health Week the Indigenous Mental Health Team at Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre invites you May 1 – 5 to join us to learn more about our unique services and how we can help. 2017 is the first year that Indigenous Mental Health introduces,”Let’s Talk About Indigenous Mental Health.” There will be daily speaker’s series May 1-5, 2017 at noon and there will be a community celebration from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm. All Welcome to this Family Friendly Event!
Thank you to CMHA for all your support to #GETLOUD this May 1 – 7, 2017 for the 66th Annual CMHA Mental Health Week. CMHA Mental Health Week was first introduced in 1951 to raise mental health awareness. It is now a Canadian tradition, offering practical ways to maintain and improve mental health and support recovery.
Looking forward to seeing you real soon!