Life in the North
The vast and rugged landscape, hospitable people, abundant wildlife and rich history make the North a beautiful and unforgettable place. However, life in the North is not without its challenges including but not limited to:
- Intergenerational trauma/colonization
- Climate change
- Less access to health and social services
- Internet access
- High unemployment
- Housing issues
Reaching out for help can be challenging in northern communities. Many Northern/ First Nation communities lack adequate mental health services. There may be a distrust of helping professionals, a lack of culturally-appropriate services, or a concern about anonymity or confidentiality. The counselling process itself may feel scary or unfamiliar.
Signs of Stress
Stress is a normal part of life. Good stress can actually make us stronger, more alert, and able to tackle difficult tasks. However, when stress goes on for a long time, feels outside your control, and is not managed or resolved it can lead to Distress. When this happens, we can experience physical, cognitive, emotional, and/or behavioural problems or illnesses. Our work, our relationships, and our health can suffer and we need support – for ourselves or our loved ones.
The Counsellors at the Manitoba Farm, Rural & Northern Support Services are here for you. No matter what the issue – big or small – we are here to listen, guide, and support. You can call or chat online.
- Free and confidential (phone and online)