Indigenous mental health addictions centre first of its kind in Canada’s sub-arctic – Global News

Men in northern Manitoba are now accessing mental health and addictions resources much closer to home.

After a year of already running programs, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and Movember have officially launched Canada’s first sub-arctic Indigenous mental health addictions centre in Churchill.

Those living in the northern town of around 900 people and its surrounding communities have struggled to access local resources for years, Movember’s global director of Indigenous programs Sonia Prevost-Derbecker told CJOB on Thursday.

“Indigenous men in these communities have been forced to seek support away from home in larger cities across the country — Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa and elsewhere — where their cultural and family systems and supports are not available, and we see the outcomes of that as very, very tragic,” Prevost-Derbecker said.

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