Why focus on mental health?
Mental wellness is important for children and adolescents. Many youth experience mental health difficulties which result in daily challenges for them. In rural and northern communities, mental health programs for youth with special needs are often limited or unavailable. We need to make available programs that are specific to the needs of youth living in these remote communities.
How do we help?
We help families, children, adolescents and communities become actively involved in promoting their own mental wellness. We look at suicide prevention, depression, alienation, and the benefits of northern living. To ensure that our young people benefit, mental health programs must be sensitive to the cultural and linguistic diversity of these remote communities.
What are we doing to help?
- Work with families, communities and governments to develop effective mental health programs
- Connect parents, teachers and groups interested in mental health
- Provide easy ways to get helpful information
- Collect and review the latest information on mental health
- Report on best practices and best programs
- Find new technologies to improve services
Where it happens?
All across Canada, our team of mental health experts are working together to ensure excellence. Our team also includes community, government and corporate groups. It is managed by team leaders Shirley Tagalik and Margaret Joyce who work with the Government of Nunavut.
The Centre of Excellence for Children &
Adolescents with Special Needs:
Call: (807) 343-8219 Fax: (807) 346-7991