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Mental Health and Addictions

The goal of the Mental Health & Addictions programs is optimum health for all Snuneymuxw children, youth and adults.  Mental Health provides prevention, intervention, treatment after care and follow-up services. 

The objectives are:

  • Reduce alcohol and other substance abuse;
  • Empower families to address root causes of poor mental health;
  • Support parents and children to improve their relationships and develop stronger coping skills and to reduce stress.



This department provides mental health counseling for individuals, groups and families through the Community Wellness Counselor and therapeutic services that are contracted with office-based clinical counselors, off reserve.

It also includes community activities and events such as the Celebration of Life, Aboriginal Day celebrations and National Drug and Alcohol Awareness Day.

Our Community Addictions Counselor provides individual and family counseling concerning alcohol and substance use.
Assistance is provided to individuals and couples for admission to residential addictions treatment centres and House of Healing residential school healing programs

Are you able to Sponsor?

The Mental Health Team is placing a special request to members of the Snuneymuxw First nations.

Would you, as members, be willing to sponsor males or females striving to maintain a clean and sober life style?

Should you have a desire to support these members, please contact a Health Centre Counselor.


Contact Details: 

668 Centre Street

Nanaimo, BC

V9R 4Z4

Office: 250-740-2337


Monday to Friday

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

After hours:

Crisis Response Contact 250-802-7122


Medical Crisis - Call 911
Risk of Suicide Call SFN Health Centre 250-740-2337
Crisis Line 1-888-494-3888; 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Safety Concerns - Call 911
Domestic Violence - Call 911; related to alcohol, drugs, mental health, weapons, violence
Haven House 250 756 0616; Women’s and Children’s Shelter, 24 hours, 7 days a week

24 Hour Cirsis Line 1-888-494-3888
24 Hour Crisis Response Team

Haven House 250-756-0616 (Women’s and Children’s shelter)
Kids Help Line 1-800-668-6868
RCMP 250-754-2345 (non-emergency)
Mental Health and Addiction Services; 250-739-5710
Tillicum Health Centre - 250-753-6578; Mental Health and Addiction, Walk-in counseling Monday to Friday
SFN Drug & Alcohol Counsellor - 250-740-2350
After Hours Child Protection - 250-310-1234
SFN Family Resource Worker - 250-740-2347
SFN Social Worker - 250-740-2300