For more information on child and youth mental health issues, and services for youth and their families, check out these resources:
If you’re pregnant and having trouble with drinking, remember that there are people who can help and support you. There are ways to cut down or stop drinking, and it’s never too late to reach out. Reducing your drinking will help support your health and the baby’s health.
Stopping your drinking suddenly can lead to dangerous withdrawal symptoms. It’s important to discuss your plans and goals with a health care provider first, so they can help you stop drinking safely. If you’re interested in cutting back slowly, your health care provider can support that too. You can also use these ideas for cutting back and slowing down your drinking.
If you have a partner, you will have a better chance of success when it comes to reducing or stopping your drinking if you and your partner work together as a team to reach your goals.
You may find it helpful to look for support groups for 2SLGBTQ+ people. Having a group of people with similar life experiences to talk with can be a great way to build a community that can support you on your healing journey. Some examples include qmunity in Vancouver, BC, and these community resources for 2SLGBTQ+ youth and families in Ontario. Each province and territory in Canada should also have similar resources.
When [my daughter] is focused on her health and focusing on the culture… then we're paddling smoothly forward. Because you can't paddle a canoe unless you are all working together.
Friendship Centres are located across Canada and offer community and cultural practices to Indigenous people. The Thunderbird Partnership Foundation out of Ontario created a step-by-step wellness activity guide with simple activities to help you experience greater wellness by thinking about and participating in Indigenous culture.
If you are interested in integrating cultural treatment into your wellness journey, click here for a list of substance use treatment centres for Indigenous people in Canada.
The path of healing to the lodge I attended was based on compassion. My life has changed tremendously beyond what words could ever describe. I am still healing and growing and I would never change this cultural way of life that I follow. It has saved my life, for which I am thankful.