Almost everyone in the NWT is impacted by mental health and addictions issues. Alcohol abuse is widespread in our communities, leading to family breakdown, involvement with the criminal justice system, and too often, to tragic and preventable death. Other forms of addictions are less widespread, but equally damaging to personal and community well-being – including solvent abuse, prescription drugs, and hard drugs.
Many people also suffer from mental health issues in the NWT. These range from depression to more complex illnesses. The multi-generational trauma of the Indian Residential School experience has had a lasting impact on the mental health and well-being of many of our people; not only residential school survivors themselves, but their spouses, children, and extended families.