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Caring for Our People
We are making improvements to the NWT health and social services system to better respond to your needs.
Attention Students: Are You Covered?

Please notify the Health Services Administration Office if you plan to be out of the NWT for more than 90 days at a time by providing a completed Temporary Absence Form.

You're Not Alone
Mental Health Week occurs annually on the first full week of May. The focus of the week is raising awareness about the importance of mental health. Mental health and well-being contribute to our quality of life and to our ability to enjoy life.
The Department of Health and Social Services, in collaboration with the NWT Coalition Against Family Violence, has developed a social marketing campaign aimed at changing attitudes and beliefs about family violence. The campaign is entitled “What Will It Take?” and is geared towards bystanders - people who witness family violence. When people are bystanders to family violence they often have an opportunity to step up and make a positive difference but aren’t sure what to do.
Updating the NWT Child and Family Services System
On March 4 2014, the Office of the Auditor General of Canada released its Report on the NWT Child and Family Services. The Department accepted all of the recommendations laid out in the Auditor General’s Report and developed a Work Plan identifying both short and long term actions to implement all of the 11 recommendations.
The Office of the Public Guardian helps family members or close friends become legal guardians of individuals 18 years of age and older, who are unable to make decisions about their personal or health care.
Addiction refers to behaviour which a person continues in spite of a negative impact on his or her life. Addictions may be around drugs including alcohol, prescription drugs and illegal drugs that change the way people think and feel.
Addiction refers to behaviour which a person continues in spite of a negative impact on his or her life. Addictions may be around drugs including alcohol, prescription drugs and illegal drugs that change the way people think and feel.
There are a number of options for residents of the Northwest Territories seeking help for addictions. Begin by arranging an appointment with your local Community Counselling Program, Community Wellness Worker or Addiction Counsellor.