$500,000 provided to help with mental health services in the NWT

Paul Gillard, VP at Northwestel joins from left NWT Health Minister Diane Thom, Mary Deacon, chair of Let's Talk and Dr. Patricia Lingley-Pottie of the Strongest Families Institute in Yellowknife Wednesday (Photo courtesy of Arthur Green)

A half million dollars in funding is going to be used to help the Northwest Territories provide mental health services for children, youth, adults and families throughout the NWT.

The funding was announced Wednesday morning at the Legislative Assembly.

The funding initiative is a collaboration between the GNWT in partnership with Bell Let’s Talk and Northwestel.

The money will help support the Strongest Families Institute

It is an award-winning charity that provides evidence-based programming for children, youth, adults and their families to overcome significant issues such as anxiety and behaviour challenges.

Strongest Families Institute uses an innovative distance coaching approach to support clients while respecting their privacy.

The institute’s coaches provide support when and where people need help – at home day or night.

Programs and support services through the Strongest Families Institute will be available when programming in the NWT is officially launched later this month.

The Strongest Families Institute’s programming was co-designed with partners, including Indigenous advisors.

All Strongest Families Institute coaches are diversity trained and receive cultural competency training.

NWT Health Minister Diane Thom was on hand and says the government is committed to making decisions to improve the lives of NWT residents.

“By partnering with Bell Let’s Talk, Northwestel and the Strongest Families Institute, we are able to provide individuals, families, caregivers and youth with mental wellness and behavioural challenge supports when and where they need them from their home community,” Thom said. “There is no waitlist for this innovative, flexible and evidence-based service that is available by phone and can be scheduled around each person’s needs.”

About Strongest Families Institute – Strongest Families Institute is an award-winning charitable organization that provides proven programs to improve mental health and well-being by leveraging the advantages of highly skilled coaches and innovative technology. Strongest Families Institute removes barriers to care so that people gain quick access regardless of where they live. With Strongest Families Institute’s family centred approach coaching calls are booked at convenient times, day or night. This means that there is no need to travel, no missed time from work or school, services are free to families, and stigma is virtually eliminated.  Care is customized to meet the needs of the client. Strongest Families Institute’s programs target significant problems that cause impairments to the adult,child, youth or family such as behaviour, anxiety and bedwetting.

For more information, please visit www.strongestfamilies.com.


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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.