Jane Philpott, the federal Minister of Health, announced the launch of the national toll-free First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line in October. Nunavut’s suicide rate is nearly 10 times the national average, especially affecting men between 14 and 25 years old.
The Help Line will provide safe telephone counselling support around the clock and across the country for those who need it, when they need it. It is funded as part of the $69 million announced by Ottawa last June to support crisis response teams, mental wellness teams and increased access to mental health care services.
The new toll-free number for the First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line is 1-855-242-3310. Counselling is available in English and French and, upon request, in Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktut.