The Community Wellness Department is responsible for overseeing the NAN Crisis Coordinators, Mental Health Worker Training Program, Mental Health Crisis Response, Men’s Healing Initiative, Indian Residential School Program and the Victim Quick Response Program
The Community Wellness Department is responsible to oversee the Crisis Team Program in the Nishnawbe Aski Territory by providing support in completing required reporting and assisting in providing professional development to the NAN Crisis Coordinators.
The Crisis Team Coordinator provides client based support services that include suicide prevention/risk prevention, counselling, crisis intervention, advocacy and referrals to people in a crisis or emergency that are experiencing incident related trauma with a primary focus on suicide and family violence.
The professional development training opportunities that the Community Wellness Department provides are provided both in the community and in urban centers. Training that is provided at this time includes suicide prevention training (ASIST), and Mental Health First Aid. This training program is expanding and will be offer more training opportunities.
Men's Healing Initiative
The primary purpose of this initiative is to provide support and healing opportunities to the male victims of sexual abuse who reside in the NAN territory through means of culturally appropriate individual counselling and group education therapy. The program also coordinates sand connects family members with other programs and services available to NAN members.
Mental Health Worker Training
The primary focus of this training initiative is to facilitate professional development opportunities for Aboriginal mental health workers that provide child and youth mental health services to increase their capacity. The purpose of the training is to build the knowledge and skillsets of Aboriginal workers in the areas of addiction, trauma, counselling, clinical training and aboriginal/indigenous knowledge an approaches to mental health and addictions. Four training sessions are held during the year and are open to NAN mental health workers.
Mental Health Crisi Response
NAN communities face many crisis situations that include incidents of suicide and family violence. At times there are communities that do not have adequate resources at the community level to provide the immediate mental health services that community members may require. As there is no mental health crisis coordination in place for NAN territory, the Community Wellness department has worked cooperatively with Health Canada to be able to provide the extra clinical supports to communities when required.
At this time, NAN is working with the various levels of governments to establish a crisis coordination protocol that would be able to respond to NAN communities facing mental health crisis assistance.
Residential School Program
The focus of the Residential School Program is to promote a healthy lifestyle for former students in the NAN territory. The goal is to foster community and personal development by strengthening educational training opportunities and having access to mental health services. To assist survivors and their families on their healing journey the Residential School Program continues to advocate for services and increase awareness of the Indian Residential School experience.