Mental Health and Addictions
Follow the links below to find specific information on:
Anger and Violent Behaviour
Children’s Mental Health
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Good mental health is important for living a happy and productive life. Good mental health means feeling good about who you are, having healthy relationships, and being happy with your role in your community.
An addiction is a habit that can be hard to stop. Wanting to take a drug, drink alcohol or keep doing something like gambling is a sign of addiction. Addictions can affect your physical and mental health, and hurt your friends and family.
Below you will find information on conditions that might affect your mental health or the mental health of your family and friends, as well as information on mental illnesses and addictions.
If you or someone you know is sad all the time, talks to people who are not there, or acts like a different person, they may have a mental illness or an addiction. Talk to a nurse at your local health centre.
In an emergency, call your local RCMP detachment.
Like your body, your mind can become ill. Signs of mental illness include low self-esteem, feeling sad and hopeless, living in unhealthy relationships, feeling scared for no reason, hearing voices, and being unable to give back to your community. Sometimes people feel depressed, want to hurt themselves or others, or get confused or afraid for no reason.
Addiction happens when you cannot stop doing something like gambling or using things like tobacco, alcohol, or drugs because you feel like you need it, or you get sick when you do not use it.
Follow the links below to find information on addiction and substance abuse.
The Department of Health and Social Services offers programs to help if you or someone you know has mental health or addiction problems.
If you or someone you know is showing signs of mental illness or addiction, talk to a nurse at your local health centre.
You can call the Kamatsiaqtut Help Line for more support:
(867) 979-3333 or toll free at (800) 265-3333.
In an emergency, contact your local RCMP detachment.