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Splatsin’s Mental Wellness Team is comprised of health professionals who walk with band members along their path to health, promoting balance in mental, spiritual, emotional and physical wellness.
Mental Wellness ManagerRobb LansdowneT (250) 838-9538 ext. 302Email
Holistic Wellness PractitionerDenica BleauT (250) 309-2936Email
Holistic Wellness PractitionerJessica KentT (250) 309-2331Email
If you or someone you know needs support, there are options available to you through Splatsin Health Services and other service providers. Knucwentwecw – help each other.
Below: Kukpi7 Wayne Christian addresses the recent discovery of the remains of 215 children at the former Kamloops Residential School. WARNING: This video contains details that may be distressing for some people.
Band members experiencing addiction issues are supported with referrals to counselling and addictions and treatment detox. Harm reduction supplies and education are also available.
Our counselling services for children and youth ages 5-18 are shared between Splatsin, Adams Lake Indian Band, Little Shuswap Indian Band and Neskonlith Indian Band. This confidential service can provide children, youth and families with the following:
Individuals navigating the health care system are assisted through coordination with doctors, specialists and support teams; advocacy for desired referrals and treatments; resource research, funding and pathways to access; the link between health authorities and Splatsin; and referrals to community-based organizations and resources.
Individuals experiencing legal issues are supported by referrals to legal resources and support with applications; domestic violence situations; navigating the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program; navigating child welfare issues; understanding and following probation orders; referrals to the Native Court Worker; and understanding court issues.
Individuals experiencing housing issues are supported by low-income housing applications assistance; subsidy and financial assistance; the development of short, medium and long-term housing plans; referrals to emergency shelters and transition housing; advocacy with landlords; and referrals to legal assistance to tenancy disputes.
Individuals experiencing financial issues are supported by referrals to food banks; assistance with financial resource applications including Persons with Disability (PWD) and Appeals and Income Assistance; referrals to employment and education resources; childcare subsidy applications; referrals to income tax and debt counselling; and assistance communicating with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
Wellbriety is an Indigenous 12 step program that focuses on healing from trauma and addictions. Splatsin’s weekly programming has been suspended until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Wellbriety International is hosting daily virtual sessions online here.
Mental Health Crisis Lines
Harm Reduction Education & Supplies
Domestic Violence & Abuse
One of the values Splatsin Health Services (SHS) uses to approach addiction and substance use is Harm Reduction. The toxic drug supply crisis has made this more important to the work they do. Harm Reduction focuses on safety and positive change for people who use drugs and alcohol, without judgement, and without requiring them to stop using drugs so that they can access services. Harm reduction is based on justice and human rights for people who use drugs.
According to the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), Indigenous Harm Reduction is a process of integrating cultural knowledge and values into the strategies and services associated with the work of harm reduction. Indigenous knowledge systems are strongly connected to spirituality, holism, and the natural environment.
Principles of Harm Reduction
Goals of Harm Reduction
Examples of Harm Reduction with an Indigenous Perspective
Harm Reduction at Splatsin Health Services
Benefits of Harm Reduction
With the help of community members, we have created a series of traditional and non-traditional crafts to keep your hands busy during COVID-19. See the videos here.