There is still a lot of stigma that exists around mental health and substance use challenges. This video is meant to help Indigenous youth understand stigma they may face on their own wellness journey, including how to recognize those who can provide more help.

This resource was developed by a team of experts, including young people and a Knowledge Keeper, with support from Indspire; the Margaret and Wallace McCain Centre for Child, Youth & Family Mental Health; and the Sunnybrook Research Institute. For more information, contact

Resources for immediate support:

  • Connect with a helpline—like the Hope for Wellness Help Line (1-855-242-3310), or use the chat box at to speak with a counsellor online.
  • If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, you are deserving of help. Please explore resources at If you feel safe in the moment, follow up with your family physician or care team. If you require immediate, in-person emergency care, call 911, or go to your nearest emergency department.

Join Rivers to Success.

Signing up is quick and easy.