Mental Wellness and Mobile Crisis Response

SCO supports southern First Nation citizens and communities during times of crisis and always. Remember – you are not alone, and on this page are resources that can help. If you are struggling, please reach out.

If you are experiencing a life‐threatening crisis,
please contact your local emergency services (911) or RCMP detachment.

Manitoba Suicide Prevention and Support Line: Reason to Live
Toll Free Prevention and Support Line: 1-877-435-7170

Hope For Wellness:
Toll Free Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1‐855-242-3310
Online chat available at hopeforwellness.ca

SCO Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT)

The SCO MCRT was created at the request of Chiefs and communities, to support southern First Nation citizens and families. The MCRT works in a collaborative way with southern Knowledge Keepers, Elders, and culturally appropriate mental health teams and clinical wellness service providers.

The MCRT’s primary focus is crisis response and intervention, and the Team also provides liaison and navigator support services. The MCRT includes a range of services, delivering culturally responsive, trauma-informed, and appropriate southern mental health and wellness and includes members who speak Anishinaabemowin. 

The 10 person MCRT has a cumulative 168 years of experience:

  • Psychiatric nurse
  • Therapists
  • Trauma Informed Counsellors
  • Mental Health Specialists
  • Cultural Advisory

How do I contact the Mobile Crisis Response Team? 

Who can make referrals?
Calls or referrals come from Chiefs and Councilors, Health Directors, and are welcome from anyone who is concerned about a person or family living on reserve and experiencing a mental health or psychosocial crisis, including self-referrals and referrals from family members.

(*In the future, off reserve supports may be available)

What can I expect when I call the SCO MCRT?
An intake Team member will take your call and work with you to triage an appropriate course of action based on the urgency, best interests, and request of the individual who is in crisis.

How quickly will help arrive?
Depending on the crisis, the MCRT can be deployed in as little as a few hours.

What services does the Mobile Crisis Service offer?

  • Prevention
    • Telephone consultation and support
    • Liaison and referral to community resources
    • Safe talk
    • Mental Health education, preventative strategies, and coping
    • Grief and loss
    • Suicide prevention
  • Crisis Response
    • Critical incident stress debriefing
    • Post-suicide response/aftercare
    • Mental health assessment and psychosocial assessment
    • Short term one-on-one counselling and follow up
    • Individual client assessments such as suicide assessment and safety plan, self-esteem and depression scale, and mental health status
  • Continuum of Care
    • Support to family members and other concerned individuals
    • Sharing Circles
    • Drug and alcohol addiction support, assessment, triaging, and referral
    • Domestic and family violence support and triaging
    • Alternative services including traditional teaching, ceremonies, and land-based healing
    • Referrals to traditional and clinical support services

The Right to Health and Wellness

First Nation citizens have a right to health and health services. Providing mental health and wellness services aligns with the broader goal of SCO’s Health Transformation initiative, highlighted by an historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in a ceremony between SCO and Canada in 2020. The MOU is the beginning of equitable access and culturally appropriate health care for Elders, youth, families, and communities. This is central to wellness, healing, and the success of Anishinaabe and Dakota peoples.

Mobile Crisis Response Team Staff

Carol McCorrister, Mobile Crisis Response Team Lead

Kristin Worth, Mobile Crisis Response Team Administrative Assistant

Mobile Crisis Response Intake Workers:

Anna Karlinski

George Sanderson

Mobile Crisis Response Team Members:

Angela Myran

Diane Sowanash

Joseph Daniels

Katherine Rushton

Randi Leclaire

Sergiu Postica

SCO MCRT Presentations

SCO MCRT Program Update November 2022

Mental Wellness Presentation

Exploitation, Grief, Loss

First Peoples Wellness Circle – presentation for the SCO MCRT Wellness Gathering 2022. Following this presentation, you are asked to fill out this survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/fpwc_caring_for_the_caregiver.

Tribal Councils

Dakota Ojibway Health Services

  • The Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council (DOTC) based in Headingley, provides an on-call crisis response for youth and adults who are in crisis due to mental health concerns, suicide, and/or addiction issues.
  • An on-call service will be available during the COVID-19 pandemic via telephone and FaceTime. The on-call service is open to talk and debrief with the local health care providers and community members that are feeling isolated and distressed.
  • Services six communities: Birdtail Sioux, Dakota Tipi, Long Plain, Roseau River, Sandy Bay, and Swan Lake
  • Connect with the DOTC Mental Wellness Team: 1-833-600-0087

Interlake Reserves Tribal Council

  • The Interlake Reserves Tribal Council (IRTC) is located in Winnipeg and provides virtual support during COVID-19.
  • In a time of crisis, team members will attend to the community using highly sensitive and precautionary measures, as advised by Manitoba’s public health authorities. The Mental Wellness Team is tracking calls and supports for mental wellness. The IRTC Health Directors connect every Tuesday and Thursday via teleconference.
  • Services six communities: Dauphin River, Kinonjeoshtegon, Lake Manitoba, Little Saskatchewan, Peguis, and Pinaymootang
  • IRTC’s website and Facebook page will have information about coping skills for stress and anxiety.
  • Connect with the IRTC Mental Wellness Team at 204-956-7413

Southeast Resource Development Council

  • The Southeast Resource Development Council (SERDC) is in Winnipeg and has a team of nine staff including outreach workers, therapists, a cultural advisor, addiction specialists, Indian Residential School, Resolution Health Support Worker, and MMIWG support workers.
  • During COVID-19, the team provides virtual support via telehealth, telephone, or videoconferencing for counselling and therapy to youth and adults who may experience feelings of stress, fear, and anxiety.
  • Services eight communities: Berens River, Black River, Bloodvein, Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, Hollow Water, Little Grand Rapids, Pauingassi, and Poplar River
  • SERDC website and Facebook page offers updates and supports.
  • Connect with the Mental Wellness Team Program at 204-956-7500

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls

  • If you require immediate support, please contact the national, independent toll free 24/7 support line at 1-844-413-6649 to speak to a counsellor. The service is available in Anishnaabemowin (Ojibway), Cree, Inuktitut, and French.
  • The MMIWG Liaison Unit is based in Winnipeg and Thompson. With a team of six staff working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, they are using other communication platforms to continue services to those seeking access to mental, emotional, and cultural wellness support services, including 2SLGBTQQIA+, family members who are affected by MMIWG, or to those who are survivors of violence. The MKO MMIWG Liaison Unit is trained to provide support that is trauma-informed, culturally appropriate, community-based, holistic, and focused on providing a direct and integrated approach.
  • Services: ALL First Nations, Inuit, Metis, non-status, and non-Indigenous people living in Manitoba
  • Connect with MMIWG Liaison Unit Manager, Hilda Anderson-Pyrz: Tel: (204) 307-5919 Email: anderson.pyrz@mkonorth.com
  • If you have questions about missing and murdered loved ones, Family Information Liaison Unit (FILU) members work directly with families to gather information from government services and agencies, such as child protection, polices services and coroner’s offices, to address outstanding questions about the loss of their loved ones. For more information about the services they offer or to find a contact near you, visit the FILU webpage on the Department of Justice website.The Family Information Liaison Unit lead for Southern Manitoba is Ashleigh Bear: (204) 953-5820, ext 216
  • Email: abear@kanikanichihk.ca

Additional Resources

Local Emergency Services and Help Lines

If experiencing a lifethreatening crisis, please contact your local emergency services (911) or RCMP detachment.

Manitoba Suicide Prevention and Support Line: Reason to Live

  • The Manitoba Suicide Prevention and Support line is a toll-free, confidential, and a 24-hour crisis line run by trained counsellors from the Klinic Community Health Centre. It provides immediate support and service to those struggling with suicidal thoughts or feelings, or to those concerned about a friend’s mental wellness and/or safety, and to family member impacted by a suicide loss or suicide attempt. Our counsellors understand that many people struggle with suicidal thoughts or behaviours.
  • Toll Free Prevention and Support Line: 1-877‐435-7170

Winnipeg Crisis Response Centre

  • Mental health experts are available 24/7 to help adults experiencing:
    • A mental health crisis with the risk of potential harm associated with an immediate crisis including suicidal thoughts and behaviour
    • Personal distress and other signs and symptoms of a mental health condition requiring urgent mental health assessment and treatment
    • Intense emotional trauma where assessment, crisis intervention, and linkage to other services are required
    • An immediate risk is posed after hours when the ongoing mental health service provider is not available
  • Connect with the Mental Wellness Team: (204) 788-8330 or visit this website

 Winnipeg Mobile Crisis Service

  • Mobile Crisis Staff are available 24/7
  • Offers crisis intervention, mental health assessment, telephone consultation and support, health education on mental illness, medication, coping strategies and preventative techniques, liaison and referral to community resources, support to family members and other concerned individuals, psychiatric consultation and assessment, and short-term follow-up.
  • Connect with the Mobile Crisis Service: (204) 940-1781