Northern Focus Counselling

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

Northern Stress

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.

Talking Helps

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)
  • Confidential
  • Non-judgmental
  • Empathic
  • Solution-focused