Free Mental Health and Wellness Boxes for NWT Youth

Press Release

February 20, 2023

Today, the Government of Northwest Territories (GNWT) released its sixth free mental health and wellness box to Northwest Territories (NWT) youth. These boxes are being made available as part of the My Voice My Choice campaign for youth wellness.

The theme of this month’s box is “Taking Care of Our Land.” Youth aged 13-18 and organizations who serve them can request a box by emailing mha@gov.nt.ca.

The boxes include a variety of health and mental wellness resources, learning tools, and individual and group activities like colouring sheets, carving kits, beading and more from northern-based artists. The boxes are available to youth and to organizations who work with youth.

There are six different mental health and wellness boxes, each with a unique theme:

  • Sexual Health
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Healthy Coping
  • Self Harm and Suicide Prevention
  • Substance Use and Mental Health
  • Taking Care of Our Land

Quick facts

  • Launched in 2011, My Voice My Choice is a social marketing campaign that provides NWT youth with information to positively influence their choices and behaviours related to their mental wellness.
  • The free mental health and wellness boxes contain resources on a variety of health and wellness topics designed for youth aged 13 to 18.
  • Individual youth and/or organizations serving youth can request a box and/or facilitator’s guide with lessons and group activities.
  • The themes for the boxes were developed after NWT youth identified that they wanted to learn more about sexual health, suicide prevention, healthy relationships, and healthy coping skills. This is the last box in this series.
  • Due to high demand, the mental health and wellness content provided in the various themed boxes are now available on the My Voice, My Choice website for anyone to access. Link: https://www.hss.gov.nt.ca/en/services/my-voice-my-choice

For media requests, please contact:

Jeremy Bird

Manager, Communications

Department of Health and Social Services

Government of the Northwest Territories

Jeremy_Bird@gov.nt.ca

(867) 767-9052 ext. 49034

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