Mental Health Support Services
Are you a front-line worker at an Indigenous or Indigenous-serving organization in Montreal seeking mental health support?
We can help!
The NETWORK can cover Mental Health Support Services such as :
Cultural and spiritual support from an Indigenous elder, and this is ideal for those who wish to access healing support through Indigenous ways.
Also referred to as talk therapy, this is ideal for those who prefer to talk to a professional psychologist, psychotherapist or counsellor that can guide them through difficult experiences and provide the proper tools to deal with a wide range of emotional events.
creative arts therapy
Drama, music, dance/movement and/or visual art therapies is ideal for those who find healing in practicing arts. Be accompanied by a trained professional to express your feelings through art and develop new artistic tools to decompress in your everyday life.
Most frequently asked questions and answers
What is this program ?
As the pandemic unfolded, the NETWORK saw an increase in stress added to Indigenous and Indigenous serving front-line organizations. To assist essential front-line workers and prevent burn-out, the NETWORK applied and received funding to directly pay for mental health support services during the pandemic.
I'm non-Indigenous, can I use this service ?
Yes, non-Indigenous front-line workers qualify for this service if you work for an Indigenous or Indigenous-serving organization, or in a program that is specifically serving Indigenous people. Our philosophy is that if staff members are better supported, community members will receive more beneficial services.
I'm still not sure if I qualify, how can I find out ?
If you want to find out if you or your organization qualifies for this program, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How often can I use this service ?
Depending on your needs, the NETWORK can cover the initial five (5) sessions of therapy, with the possibility of covering more in the future.
What is the application process like ?
Complete the Mental Health Support Form, which will provide us with all the information needed to pair you with the appropriate mental health support at a time and place that works best for you. We will contact you once the form is filled out.
What is the payment process like ?
Staff at the NETWORK will be in touch with your mental heath support person to process payments for the sessions of therapy. Therapists or elders must provide us with a void cheque, and an invoice for each of your sessions. You do not need to worry about this transaction, we will pay them directly!
I have my own support person in mind, would I be able to choose them ?
Yes, you are able to seek out your own mental health support professional. The NETWORK will need to be put in contact with any psychologist, support worker or peer supporter you may have in mind so they can invoice us for the first five therapy sessions.
SEEKING elders, psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, and creative arts therapists!
We are looking for therapists that would be interested in taking new clients. We are offering this service with priority given to Indigenous front-line workers first, followed by all staff working in Indigenous or Indigenous-serving front-line organizations.
If you are interested in being included in our list of therapists we can refer to front-line workers, please email Rowena at email@example.com.
Additional information and terminology:
Front-line organizations are those that directly serve the most vulnerable of our community like those living on the streets, facing housing and food insecurity or fleeing violence.
Organizations needing support
The NETWORK works in close contact with front-line organizations that include:
- Projets Autochtones du Quebec
- Southern Quebec Inuit Association
- Native Friendship Centre of Montreal
- First People’s Justice Centre of Montreal
- Indigenous Support Worker Project
- The Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal
- Native Montreal
- Resilience Montreal
- The Open Door Montreal
- Chez Doris
Depending on the needs of front-line workers, the NETWORK can cover the initial five (5) sessions of therapy, with the possibility of covering more.
Indigenous vs. Indigenous-serving
The NETWORK defines “Indigenous Organization” as an organization that meets the following criteria:
- the organization was founded by an Indigenous person or group
- the organization is staffed by Indigenous people having more than 50% of employees being Indigenous (this criteria does not apply to organizations that have fewer than five employees)
- more than 50% of the organization’s members and clients are Indigenous (if applicable)
- the organization is governed by indigenous people; more than 50% of the decision-makers must be Indigenous (i.e. board of directors, steering committee, directors, or other decision-making positions).
The NETWORK defines “Indigenous-serving organization” as an organization that has: 30% or more of its clientele being Indigenous people, or a specific program that directly serves Indigenous people.