On Call Innovation Conversation

Mental Wellness Teams for Indigenous Communities

On Demand
Un service d'interprétation simultanée en français sera offert pour cette séance.



Did you know?

  • The mental health care delivery system for Indigenous communities is often fragmented and complex, resulting in significant barriers to appropriate and responsive care.
  • Mental Wellness Teams are a proven approach to coordinate mental wellness and health services care for Indigenous people and their families.
  • Mental Wellness Teams bridge mainstream and cultural approaches in the best interest of the client.

Consider this …

Starting in 2007 Health Canada worked with First Nations and Inuit communities to implement Mental Wellness Teams (MWT). The MWTs are community-based, client-centred, multi-disciplinary teams that provide a variety of culturally safe mental health and addictions services and supports to First Nations and Inuit communities. The teams incorporate traditional, cultural and mainstream clinical approaches to mental wellness services and were built on existing community supports. They enhance the continuum of care from prevention to after-care.

This successful model is set to grow over the next three years, increasing the number of MWTs in communities most at risk. The project is part of a recent $69 million in interim national mental wellness support funding announced by Health Canada.

Be part of the conversation!

This interactive On Call session will be hosted by Rose LeMay, CFHI’s Director of Northern and Indigenous Health.

Join us to learn about:

  • The Mental Wellness Team model.
  • Successes and lessons learned about the Mental Wellness Team model of care from the pilot projects.
  • Patient and community-level highlights from one of the Mental Wellness teams.


Rose LeMayRose LeMay, Director of Northern and Indigenous Health, CFHI

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