How the healing centre at Abegweit First Nation on P.E.I. helps community members’ mental wellness – CBC

‘There’s no stigma. It’s a positive place,’ says manager Deborah Jadis

Oct 03, 2022

Andrew Levi from Scotchfort, P.E.I. makes himself a cup of coffee in the kitchen of the Abegweit First Nation Healing Centre. He comes there every morning.

“It’s a place for me to go and express myself or just chat with people or have a nice lunch or breakfast. I like it,” he said.

“I was struggling with depression, but it’s been helping me with it. I’m just transitioning my mental health from sort of anguish to calm and discipline to work with other people and realize I’m not alone.”

Levi is one of the clients of the centre, which used to be part of the community’s wellness centre in Scotchfort that mostly helped people struggling with addiction. But it has evolved over the years.

Now in a new location just behind the Epekwitk Gas Bar, the centre has gone far beyond helping people with addictions. It’s now aimed at bettering the community’s overall mental wellness.

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