HELPING THE COMMUNITY BY CREATING A SAFE AND FRIENDLY SPACE FOR NEWCOMERS.
Doors opened Thursday April 9, 2019
HEALING PATH WELLNESS CENTRE
BRIDGING THE GAP
Promoting mental health literacy.
Group information sessions on a variety of healthy living topics delivered in small groups with similar ethnic and language groupings.
Offers up to three individual one-hour counselling sessions, with a certified psychologist accompanied by a cultural mediator. A professional assessment is completed after 1, 2 or 3 sessions and a referral is made to the public mental health services provided by Alberta Health Services or to other private professionals who can coordinate a wrap around care plan for the individual, for further ongoing treatment and support services.
Increasing access and participation
for culturally appropriate mental health services
INITIAL SUCCESS STORY
A local employer became aware of symptoms of anxiety and depression in an employee. With consent, the Healing Path Wellness Centre meet with the employee. After developing trust, through culturally appropriate language, the initial session turned into three sessions. At that time, an assessment of the employee’s condition was prepared, and a referral was made to Alberta Health Services for further support.
As a result of cultural mediation support not being available, the employee did not follow through with the referral. However, the employer reported back that the initial sessions with the Healing Path Wellness Centre appeared to be successful with a noticeable change in the employee’s behavior.
The initial assessment is fee based, because of this, clients seeking out the services have been referrals from businesses with an employee assistance benefit plan or with direct financial support from the employer.