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Mental Health & Addictions

The KDC Mental Health and Addictions Program offers a variety of services designed to promote education and healing across an array of social and personal issues. This broad range of client-centered counseling services can be accessed by referral at any of the KDC Health sites. Counseling services also include group, family and marital counseling options. Access to alcohol and drug treatment and/or detox is also available.

The KDC Health MH&A Program also provides primary prevention services. The focus of these prevention services vary from site to site due to diverse community needs. Some primary prevention focuses include:

  • Suicide
  • Drugs & Alcohol
  • Trauma
  • Grief & Loss
  • Mental Health
  • Stress, Anxiety, Depression
  • Parenting/Attachment

The KDC Health MH&A Program understands the importance of culture and tradition as part of the healing process. It is our goal to offer programming that is culturally sensitive and steeped in traditions of Kwakwaka'wakw Peoples. It is also our practice to offer ceremony and tradition as a part of every program offered by the KDC Health MH&A Program.

Precious Beginnings - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Program

The Precious Beginnings program provides support to mothers and families at risk for FASD, currently living with FASD, or with high risk life histories in the family of origin.

Making a Referral:

Programs and services are available to all KDC Health member Nations both on and off reserve. Accessing programs and counseling services can be achieved through the following:

  • Self-referral
  • Drop in
  • Faxing a KDC MH&A referral form to the appropriate site
  • Contacting MH&A staff directly
  • Contacting the MH&A Manager
Community Wellness Worker
  • Identifies mental health and addiction needs in the community and recommends preventative program development to meet needs.
  • Provides supportive, individual and group sessions based on evidence and better practice in MHAS and KDC Health Plan.
  • Collaboratively deliver care within the context of the community site team to ensure continuity of care across the continuum including the Island Health (IH) MHAS and other community resources.
Clinical Therapist
  • Therapist is a professionally accredited position and key role is to provide counseling to individuals, families and youth, across all KDC Health sites.
  • The position applies knowledge and experience in providing therapy for a range of individual and family situations.
  • Providing Counseling services to an active caseload of individuals, youth and families, coordernating therapy with other service providers, and participating as part of the KDC Health team to create and follow through on care plans for children and families.