Student Support Service » Mental Health and Wellness

Mental Health and Wellness


The Athabasca Health Authority’s Mental Health and Addiction (MHA) Department provide robust services including but not limited to psychiatry, psychology, addiction supports, adult mental health, child and youth mental health nursing, counseling services and mental health wellness and recovery services.  Every worker has brought a wealth of knowledge in the field of Mental Health & Addictions to the Athabasca Region.​ As well, Dr. Sara Dungavell provides psychiatric services at the Athabasca Health Authority Facility one day each month. She also schedules monthly community Tele-Health clinics with clients.


Government of Saskatchewan Mental Health Resources

HealthLine 811– Mental health and addictions service continues to be available, providing 24/7 crisis support, advice to help manage a caller's situation, information, and connection to community resources. 
Wellness Together Canada– Connects people to peer support workers, social workers, psychologists and other professionals for confidential chat sessions or phone calls, and also offers credible information and help to address mental health and substance use issues. 
Kids Help Phone– Offers professional counselling, information, and referrals. Phone (1-800-668-6868), text (686868) or chat online. It's confidential, free, and available 24/7. 
Breaking Free Online This evidence-based resource for substance use recovery and support is available online as well as a companion app. 
National Overdose Response Service– 1-888-688-NORS (6677) 
This toll-free, 24-hour hotline aims to prevent deadly overdoses by connecting people who are alone and using drugs with peer volunteers who can call for help if it's needed. 
Hope for Wellness– The Hope for Wellness Line has experienced counsellors to talk or help you find supports near you. This line is for Indigenous people, and counselling is also available in Cree, Ojibway or Inuktitut. 
National Suicide Prevention Line– 1-833-456-4566 
Online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Online-CBT)- Provincially funded service for Saskatchewan residents who are experiencing mental health difficulties, including depression and anxiety. Trained therapists support participants as they complete five online modules over an eight-week period. This service is led by the Online Therapy Unit at the University of Regina and is delivered for free for Saskatchewan residents in partnership with the Saskatchewan Health Authority. 
Be SaskWell– A text-based mental health and wellness service for COVID-19 created by University of Saskatchewan researchers. Sign up by text: Text JOIN to 759355 
Supporting Mental Health in Northern Saskatchewan.

As a socially accountable organization, the College of Medicine improves health through innovative and interdisciplinary research and education, leadership, community engagement, and the development of culturally competent, skilled clinicians and scientists.

Collaborative and mutually beneficial partnerships with Indigenous peoples and communities are key. All USask College of Medicine programs are fully accredited. Our faculty, staff and students in the college are continually working on improvements to all programs of our college.

Mental Health Commission of Canada. Rural and remote communities in Canada face unique challenges in providing access to quality mental health services. People in these communities must often travel great distances to get the help they need. Where services do exist, they are frequently stretched thin, with long wait lists, high turnover rates, and poor communications infrastructures (despite the increased dependence on telepsychiatry, tele-counselling, and other internet-based services). Smaller communities also experience higher levels of mental health stigma, which can make it harder to maintain people’s privacy. 
Healthcare Excellence Canada providers working in northern and remote areas of Canada face unique challenges in supporting people’s health.The Canadian Northern and Remote Health Network (CNRHN) brings together senior decision-makers, leaders, policymakers, and practitioners, to develop effective and sustainable solutions to improve healthcare and the health status of people living in northern and remote areas of Canada. Members enhance their leadership and improvement skills by sharing learning, innovative ideas, tools, and resources.
Northern Indigenous Health and Health Care. The provision of northern health care entails many unique challenges and circumstances that are rarely represented in mainstream health sciences education. This OpenEd Resource provides accessible content on health and health care from a northern perspective for the growing number of health professionals being educated in northern communities. 
Mental Health Resources for Indigenous Peoples - Erin Blondeau. “There is not a human being on this planet that does not yearn for the deep reconciliation of the human spirit.” These words from Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, the Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada, and a member of the National Assembly of First Nations Elders Council, were shared in 2017, but they resonate both in the past, present and our future. As Indigenous (Métis, Inuit, and First Nations) people, our mental health issues can be intergenerational and deeply intertwined with our sense of identity. Colonization and the residential school system have disrupted this sacred connection and left us with a million pieces of ourselves to pick up and put back together. Spending time on the land and learning our traditional languages can be a form of healing, but this isn’t possible for many of us who have been displaced and never walked on ancestral land, let alone during a pandemic.  

Cyberbullying Information                          Cyberbullying is when someone is mean or tries to threaten, hurt, or embarrass someone else online. The most common forms of cyberbullying are name-calling, threats, and mean comments about someone’s looks. Cyberbullying most often happens in texts and instant messaging apps (WhatsApp, Discord) and on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter), but also through email, gaming platforms like PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, and video-sharing platforms like YouTube. Unlike face-to-face bullying, cyberbullying can reach a target anytime, anywhere. It can happen repeatedly, and it can spread quickly, so it is important to know what you can do about it. 

Cyberbullying Training Video:  

LGBTQ2S+ information, resources, and organizations.
OUT SASKATOON. We believe in a bolder, braver, and safer future for all. We strive towards this by providing support services, youth housing, and education and research services through a harm reduction, culturally informed, equity.