This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and the First Nations Health Authority has partnered with KUU-US to provide crisis support for First Nations and Aboriginal peoples.
Sonia Isaac-Mann is the Executive Director of Community Health and Wellness Services with the FNHA.
She says this crisis support line is tailored for the Aboriginal community and their shared experiences and history.
While BC’s Aboriginal communities continue to suffer from higher levels of suicide, particularly with youth, she says suicide numbers have dropped 40% in the last five years.
The mental health of Aboriginal peoples continues to be impacted by the legacy of colonialism says Patricia Vickers, Director of Mental Wellness at the FNHA.
Vickers adds it’s important for people who are struggling not to feel shame, and stresses it’s important for them to seek help, and for others to offer it.
If you or know someone in crisis, the number for KUU-US is 1-800-588-8717.