Help and Support

Help and Support for Mental illness

If you or someone you know shows signs of mental illness, there is no reason to be ashamed or embarrassed. Mental illness is very common and affects a lot of people. It is important for a person with mental illness to get help. Here are some options:

  • Talk with someone they trust who can secure additional help.
  • Talk to a health care provider at the local health centre.

The Government of Nunavut offers community, regional, and out-of-territory mental health services. Different types of therapy can provide help and healing.


  • Happens one-on-one or in a group. In a group, a person sees others with similar experiences, meets new people, and learns social skills. Group Counselling  is a place to open up to others and work through things together.
  • Can help a person improve relationships, learn to deal with symptoms, and make and meet mental health goals.

Family counselling

  • Can help a person and their family work out problems together. The family plays a large role in supporting a person with mental illness and treatment.


  • Can help control symptoms and chemical imbalances that occur with a mental illness. Talk with a health care provider to decide if medication is the best treatment.
  • May involve a combination of medicines, long-term or short-term. A person works with their doctor to identify the medicine that works best. This may change over time.


  • Eat well. exercise regularly, and get enough sleep.
  • Spend time with people you love and trust.
  • Avoid harmful substances such as drugs, cigarettes, or alcohol.
  • Practice positive coping skills: Include activities that make you healthy, strong and fulfilled.

For anonymous support, call the Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line.

  • Available 24 hours a day
  • 867-979-3333 or toll free at 1-800-265-3333

Contact the Isaksimagit Inuusirmi Kataujjiqatigiit (Embrace Life Council)

Other Help Lines and chat resources include: