You are not alone. If you feel stress or struggle to deal with a mental illness, there is help. Talk to someone you trust—family member, friend, Elder, counselor, teacher, social worker, mental health worker, or nurse.
If you or someone you care about has thoughts of hurting yourself, call a crisis line or emergency number, or visit the health centre right away.
To talk to someone, call:
- Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line
Anywhere in Canada: 1-800-265-3333
- Kids Help Phone
- Iqaluit Mental Health – same-day counselling appointments are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays by calling 867-975-5900 when the clinic opens at 8:30am
- Healing by Talking - Inuit can access up to 22 hours of phone or virtual counselling through the non-insured health benefits (NIHB) program run by the federal government
- Government of Nunavut employees can access the government’s employee and family assistance program which offers free counselling to employees and their families
- The First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Helpline at 1-855-242-3310 and chat feature at hopeforwellness.ca operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Illisaqsivik Society
1-888-331-4433 (Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00)
- Local health, wellness, or public health centre.
For more information:
- Embrace Life Council
Toll free: 1-866-804-2782
- Mental Illness – Healthy Living – Nunavut Department of Health
- Indigenous Youth: We Matter Campaign
If you live in Nunavik, click here.