Health Department – Mental Wellness Team

Mental Wellness Team Lead – Tracey George, B.A., O.A.T.R.

Tracey George is the Mental Wellness Team Lead at the Aamjiwnaang Health Centre. She offers Art Therapy to ages 4 years +. She is an intake and crisis counselor and mental health and addictions case manager. Therapeutically, Tracey practices from a holistic, client-centered, trauma-informed and harm reduction model. Tracey works with children, youth and adults experiencing various challenges including the following – living with loved ones experiencing substance use and dependence; mental illness in the family; witness to domestic violence; grief, bullying and abuse. Tracey is also trained in administering assessments required for attending treatment centers for addictions, specifically the Admission and Discharge Assessment Tools and offers stress management and family support groups. She also provides crisis intervention and debriefing including suicide intervention.

Community Wellness Worker – Roberta Bressette

 Roberta is our Community Wellness Worker.  Her main focus is to provide family violence services, referrals, support and case management to clients to address existing and emerging health, healing and wellness issues.

Roberta also works to organize and facilitate community events, i.e. cultural awareness, education, illness prevention and crisis intervention workshops) as well as promotion for school age and other youth and seniors regarding healthy relationships, healthy bodies and healthy minds.

The Community Wellness Worker teams with other members of the Health Staff to provide education and support to community members.  Some of the past years event highlights include:  Kids Expo, Youth Casino Night, National Suicide Prevention Day Events, Sister’s in Spirit Vigil and the Faceless Doll Project, physical fitness programs for youth up to adult and seniors

Substance Abuse and Justice Worker – Vacant 

The Substance Abuse and Justice Worker is available to help clients and families struggling with addiction. Services are provided in a supportive, encouraging and confidential environment. This includes assessments, counselling, referrals and group programs. Robin co-facilitates two group programs each year; the RedPath Addictions Program and Living Without Violence.

The goal of the Alternative Justice program is to facilitate pre-charge diversion through the development of client healing plans. Services include client intakes, referrals, community service arrangements, advocacy and case management.  If you are involved with the courts and feel you may qualify for this program, please contact Robin for assistance.

TRADITIONAL HEALING PROGRAM

We offer appointments with traditional healers on a regular basis, in addition to sweats and educational workshops. Through our culture and traditional healing methods, healers, elders and medicine people help individuals, families and communities strive for balance and good health. They utilize a variety of approaches to healing which incorporate the mind, body, emotions and spirit.

MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR

A Social Worker from the Canadian Mental Health Association is available at the Health Centre to provide counseling for people diagnosed with mental illness.

GRIEF AND TRAUMA COUNSELOR

Tina Hunter is available to help you work through distressing experiences. Regardless of the kind of loss you’re facing, Tina can help guide you through your grief and help you learn healthy ways to cope with your trauma/loss. She provides confidential support for individuals, couples and families across the lifespan.

Anything that is causing distress in your day-to-day living is worth exploring and working through.