Mental Health

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit partners with various community-based, provincial and national organizations to help support and promote mental health in several areas including:

  • Youth mental health
  • Stigma reduction
  • Mental health promotion
  • Mental health and addictions
  • Mental health challenges as they relate to the Aboriginal community
  • Mental health challenges as they relate to the LGBTQ community

Our goal is to provide our partners support and input from the public health perspective for the development of evidence-based community programs, and help raise awareness of the issues.

 

Mental Health and You

Youth Mental Health

Teens face a lot of pressure, yet they don’t always have the tools to deal with that pressure or an environment to support them. We have helped develop a number of strategies to prepare our children and promote positive mental health.

Please visit our Youth Mental Health page for more information.

 

Mental Health and Addictions

Challenges with mental health and addiction are inextricably linked, making this a complex area of health. The TBDHU works with a number of partners to develop program and initiatives to decrease stigma, and provide resources and supports for those who are living with and navigating challenges with their mental health and substance use.

Please visit our Mental Health and Addictions page for more information.

Related information can be found on our Alcohol and Other Drugs page.

 

Mental Health and Aboriginal People

Aboriginal people in the District of Thunder Bay face different challenges and disproportionately carry the burden of harm related to mental health challenges, specifically, suicide. There are a number of culturally sensitive support systems in place in our community that can help:

Dilico Anishinabek Family Care – Mental Health and Addictions

Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre – Aboriginal Alcohol/Drug Worker Program

Ishaawin Counselling Centre

Roots of Life (Facebook page)

 

Mental Health and the LGBTQ Community

Members of the LGBTQ community, especially youth, often face additional pressures and challenges that can interrupt and affect mental health and wellness and also disproportionately carry a higher risk for suicide ideation and behaviour than non-identifying (heterosexual) peers

Please visit our LGBTQ Resources page for more information.

 

For Further Information

Call the Injury Prevention Program: (807) 625-5900

or toll-free 1-888-294-6630

Last Updated: 11/09/2017