Mental Health Resources
Mental Health Resources
Be Compassionate NL
About: As a compassion, kindness, and meditation teacher, Dr. Frances Scully teaches the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT™) meditation courses developed at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education by dedicated faculty in 2009. The course is protected under Copyright. Evaluation and research continue as these wonderful practices are shared with diverse people and environments. Dr. Scully has trained and worked as a healer and a health-care professional for fifty years. She has lived experience as a care-giver for her late husband, Dr. Châu Nguyên and is a breast cancer survivor. Dr. Scully trained in meditation with Geshe Kelsang Gyatsu and Zong Rinpoche as a trainee in pediatrics. She was invited by Zong Rinpoche to work as a community pediatrician at the Garden Shartse Monastery relocated to southern India in 1984. She became certified to teach Christian Meditation in 1984 and certified to teach the Compassion Cultivation Training Meditation course in 2020. She founded Be CompassionateNL.inc in July 2020.
About: Incorporated in May of 2015 with a dream of creating a communal HUB where we can grow as a community of 2SLGBTQIA+ people. Our aim is to create a centre that provides a shared community resource space that is flexible in how it can be used by community members and organizations--a shared space for building belonging across our differences, sharing resources, and honouring our strengths and experiences. The name also tips its hat to the historical significance of the triangle as a symbol of sexual diversity while at the same time acknowledging that our communities include sexual and gender diversity, and that the two are not reducible to the same thing.
About: The Substance User Network of the Atlantic Region (SUNAR) is a group by and for people with lived & living experience of criminalized drug use. We engage in education and advocacy to enhance and save the lives of people who use(d) drugs in the Atlantic provinces of Canada.
About: At Lifewise, our purpose is to bring hope to, and reduce stigma for those individuals living with mental health and addictions issues through a community of: Peer Support, Public Education, Advocacy, and Community Engagement, and Policy Consultation. As the only provincial organization in Newfoundland & Labrador created by and for individuals living with mental health and addictions issues, we exist to support and encourage individual recovery through self-determination, while working to break the stigma surrounding these issues in society. Peer Supports include a Warmline, Wellness Workshops and Support Groups. Public Education Programs include a variety of short, medium, and week length sessions and training programs,with opportunities to learn from and connect with individuals who are extensively trained in relating their experiences.
Bell Island Housing & Sobriety
About: Offering community-based, community-led supports for people living with mental health and addictions issues on Bell Island, the group was established as a grassroots movement and has grown into an organization that will soon operate from a new facility. Media story here provides background. Group now planningr social enterprise and learning opportunities in gardening and the arts.
Website not available yet for the group/ Governance structure here: https://opencorporates.com/companies/ca_nl/88199
Heal Bell Island Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1680506282277066/
The Jacob Puddister Memorial Foundation
About: Created by Jake’s family to honour the son, brother, grandson, and friend Jake was to so many. Although he struggled with mental illness for many years, Jake prioritized the needs and feelings of all those he loved and cared about. If he was aware of someone who was struggling, he would go above and beyond to help them. From unconditionally supporting friends battling their own mental health, finding a place for a friend to stay, or gathering money and toys for the local Happy Tree, Jake’s compassion and light shined through even his darkest moments. The foundation’s mission is to provide mental health resources to youth in Newfoundland and Labrador and to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health through various fundraising efforts and community partnerships. Programs include Free Counselling for Youth (Ages 12-35), Free ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) in partnership with CMHA-NL, and Peer Support, among others.
Choices for Youth
About: Choices for Youth is committed to building programs, systems, and opportunities that are focused on providing individualized support for young people, celebrating who they are, and working together to unlock their potential to build a brighter future. Childhood trauma, mental illness, addictions, incarceration, family breakdown, poverty, violence, abuse, and exploitation are the tragic set of common experiences of the over 1500 young people we work with every year. Outreach services are outlined here. Information about support for integrated youth services in Canada..
Centre for Mindfulness NL
About: Centre for Mindfulness NL is a consultation and training company providing trauma-informed educational opportunities for individuals, groups, and workplaces. We are proud to be the first evidence-based, trauma-informed mindfulness institute in Canada. We are passionate about providing equitable access to evidence-based psychoeducation and wellness resources. We collaborate with organizations across both the public and private sectors to design sustainable systems-level change. The Centre provides evidence-based trauma-informed mindfulness programming and psycho-educational resources for organizations and individuals. We just finished facilitating a 200-hour teacher training program in partnership with CNIB and have a 5-day psycho-education training launching May 1-5.
Mokami Status of Women Council
About: Mokami Status of Women Council is an equality seeking, feminist organization that supports women and gender diverse individuals. We work within the Upper Lake Melville area of central Labrador, Canada.in Happy Valley- Goose Bay.
About: Soul Wellbeing is owned and operated by Susan O’Leary and provides wellness days and retreats around vagal nerve and nervous system wellness for professionals’ own self care . Susan has mostly worked with those in the wellness sector but would be most interested in discussing other possibilities if this would be of interest . Susan has been working in wellness lifestyle and studying wellbeing since her early 20's. Her professional degrees are a Psychology B.Sc. where she focused on Neuroscience followed by a Doctor in Chiropractic from CMCC. Her own journey in self care and mind body spirit practices have come from a wide range of experiences from training as a national athlete to yoga, working and operating in multidisciplinary and integrative medicine wellness centres , to the wisdom shared by many mentors including meditation and mindfulness practices. The combination of her educational degrees ,clinical experience and the practical experiences of her personal lifestyle , allows Susan to share her skillset in safe and effective ways. After 22 years of full time clinical practice she launched SOuL Wellbeing with the focus to share the practices for creative mindsets and the tools of self care that are relevant to todays busy and exciting world.
Contact: soleary@soulwellbeing ca
RUAH Counselling Centre
About: RUAH, located at the Lantern on Barnes Road in St. John’s is a non-profit community counselling agency, provides individual, couple and family counselling, as well as psycho-educational groups, workshops and presentations to those 16 years of age and older. Access to timely and professional mental health and wellness services, for all, is our priority. Individuals who are unable to pay the standard fee for our services may be eligible for a reduced fee or no fee.
About: First Light is a registered non-profit organization that serves the urban Indigenous and non-Indigenous community alike by providing programs and services rooted in the revitalization, strengthening and celebration of Indigenous cultures and languages in the spirit of trust, respect, and friendship.
About: CMHA-NL is a provincial division of CMHA National. Our mission is to facilitate access to the resources people need to maintain and improve mental health.
Strong Harbour Strings
About: Strong Harbour Strings Program is a mentoring artist program based on the belief that our communities can be strengthened through learning and sharing music. We strive to create equal access to music education and performance for young people residing in under served neighbourhoods through experiential learning and mentoring relationships.
General Listing of Community, health system and university organizations and contacts
About: This portal was designed in collaboration with the Research Exchange Group on Service Leaning/Community Engagement as a follow-up to a workshop in which community and university partners expressed the need for an online tool that would make it easier to connect: community, health system and government partners with departments and supportive resources at Memorial University; Memorial University faculty and students with community, health system, and government partners; students to service learning opportunities in the community.
Arts-based mental health resources:
- A Compendium of Arts & Health Research and Programming in NL| A compendium of arts and health research and programming from across Newfoundland and Labrador was completed by Lynsey Alcock as part of her Master’s of Public Health Practicum at Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine. Launched in October 2020 and now updated for 2021, the compendium is the first of its kind for our province, and a valuable resource for this group. It is considered to be a “living document” and all are welcome to contact NLCAHR to make additions to the information as new programs and research get underway.
- Integrating Art into Mental Health Practice- Taylor Barei - Guidebook | This guidebook was developed by Taylor Barei for her MSW Pathways Project at Memorial University for social and healthcare professionals and lifelong learners who have an interest in the arts. This guidebook can be helpful for community workers, peer support workers, therapists, counsellors and other mental health professionals. You do not need to be a professional artist or art therapist to use and explore this guidebook. All you need is an interest in integrating the arts into your professional development, practice or personal self-care goals.
Health System Programs:
NL Centre on Substance Use and Eastern Health MHA Prevention and Promotion Service
Formerly the NL Opioid Dependence Treatment Centre of Excellence, the new NL Health Services program will provide treatment and programming for mental health and substance use including prevention and health promotion.. Goals include supporting the implementation of the provincial MHA Hub and Spoke Model. Supporting the implementation of evidence informed treatment practices for substance use.
Bridges Program Eastern Health
About: The Bridges Program works collaboratively with youth, and their families, to build awareness, skills and the understanding needed to address mental health challenges.
What they do: Focused, short-term individual psychotherapy; Family therapy; Skill building groups; Psychiatric consultation; Admission to this program is coordinated through Child and Adolescent Central Intake.
Contact: 709- 777-7715/2200
Services in Western Health
Services in Central Health
Services in Labrador Grenfell Health
Services in Nunatsiavut
Health and Healing Innu Round Table Secretariat