Bell Let’s Talk supports Indigenous mental health

Winnipeg, Tuesday, May 7, 2019

In April, the Behavioural Health Foundation and Bell Let’s Talk announced a new partnership that supports the Foundation’s Indigenous programming as a core component of holistic residential treatment for adults and families affected by addictions and co-occurring mental health issues.

Founded in 1967, the Behavioural Health Foundation was Canada’s first residential treatment facility for families. Today, it continues to provide a safe and structured environment for holistic addiction and co-occurring mental health treatment services through 2 programs, Addiction Treatment Services and the Breezy Point program for women, providing 110 beds and outreach services.

Indigenous healing at the Behavioural Health Foundation incorporates a wide range of culturally-relevant programs including naming and healing ceremonies, full moon and pipe ceremonies, spring, summer, fall and winter ceremonies, sweat lodges, women’s sweats, grieving sweats, medicine picking, drumming, traditional teachings, sharing circles, Ghost Dance, and Sundance, as well as mentoring, traditional counselling and support for adults and families. Traditional programming offers meaningful help to those members of the community who, for many reasons, are not comfortable or well-served by mainstream therapy.

With the support of Bell Let’s Talk, the Behavioural Health Foundation will be able to offer services to approximately 150 people annually. Bell Let’s Talk funding will also allow 50 staff members to take part in Indigenous cultural training.