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Saswin Mental Health, Addictions & Cultural Services

SASWIN

Mental Health,

Addictions &

Cultural Services

 

51 Kokoko Miikan

PO Box 610

Massey, ON  P0P 1P0 

 

  

   (705) 865-2192

 

 

HOURS OF OPERATION

  Monday to Friday

 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

 (Closed for lunch 12-1pm)

 

 

 

   Community Mental Health Services

Dr. Peter Menzies

Community Mental Health Worker

Depression & Anxiety Support Groups

 

   Community Addictions

Community Circles

Naadmaadaa Support Group

Harm Reduction:

Safe Inhalation Kits

Naloxone Kits

Needle Exchange Program

 

   Cultural Services

Community

 

   Mental Health Services

   Dr. Peter Menzies

Indigenous Mental Health Specialist

   Wayne Southwind

Community Mental Health Worker

   Brian Nootchtai

Mental Health Caseworker (N'Mninoeyaa)

 

   Addictions Services

   Jennifer LaLonde

Addictions Counsellor

   Cheryl Boyer 

Minobimaadizing (N'Mninoeyaa) Support Coordinator

 

   Cultural Services

   Brad Polson

Acting Cultural Resource Worker

 

The team at Saswin provides mental health, addictions, and cultural services to members of Sagamok.

 

The focus is to promote a higher quality of life through applying models of wellness with a focus on the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of people.

 

Saswin is located at 51 Kokoko Miikan.  Our office hours are Monday to Friday between the hours of 9:00am and 4:30pm.  

 


 

 

 

Community Mental Health Services

 

An individual's wellness concerns the balance of spiritual, emotional, mental and physical aspects of that human being.

 

Mental Wellness is the journey of finding balance of these four aspects.  They are all equally important in healing and wellness processes that build resilient human beings.  Wellness begins with discovering and re-discovering the gifts you carry in the context of your relations - your family, social circles, community, even the beings and living systems over who's lands you share and the whole of creation.

 

We can help you regain and maintain the balance you need.  We offer counseling and treatment services that are tailored to suit your needs.  Using a you-centred approach, we can help you address specific issues concerning your mental wellbeing, improving the quality of your life. 

 

Our Mental Health counseling service provides a client centred approach to help people address specific issues and concerns in their mental wellbeing and enrich the quality of their lives. 

 

Anger Management     -     Self-esteem     -     Substance Abuse    Parenting Issues     -     Phobias     -     Grief and Loss

Anxiety Disorders     -     Couples/Marital Counselling

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder     -     Addictions 

Family Violence     -     Sexual Abuse     -     Depression

Anything else that impacts your mental wellbeing

 

Our Mental Health Team is here to service the entire community of Sagamok - children, men, women, and Elders, or individuals, couples, families and groups.  We offer a variety of treatment modalities, including traditional and contemporary practices.  Saswin Mental Health Team also delivers community educational activities and programs designed to enhance the mental health of Sagamok community members. 

 

 

Dr. Peter Menzies  is a member of Sagamok Anishnawbek and is a specialist in Indigenous Mental Health relating to the treatment of addictions and trauma.  Dr. Menzies visits Sagamok for two weeks of every month and offers assessment and counselling services in a one-on-one, group or family setting. 

 

 

Depression and Anxiety Support Group is for individuals, family and friends who struggle with anxiety in their everyday lives or want to support people with anxiety.  It runs every second Monday from 6-8pm at Saswin.

 

"Mental Health is a journey of seeking balance in the four aspects of life (spiritual, emotional, physical and mental) and is equally important in the healing and wellness process. Wellness begins with discovering and re-discovering the gifts that you carry and finding balance with oneself, family, community and the larger environment."

N'Mninoeyaa Aboriginal Health Access Centre describes Wholistic Health :& Wellbeing.  N'Mninoeyaa Health Access Centre is one division of Maamwesying North Shore Community Health Services, an entity of Mamaweswen, North Shore Tribal Council.  Read more about their Wholistic Health and Wellbeing concept!

 

 

 

Community Addictions Services


Jennifer Lalonde is Saswin's Addictions Counsellor and Cheryl Boyer is Saswin's Addictions Support Coordinator.  Together, they deliver Addictions services to the Sagamok community, supported by a greater Addictions Services Delivery Team. 

 

Community Addictions Services in Sagamok focuses upon Prevention, Intervention and Aftercare. 

 

The Team involves itself in raising community awareness of alcohol, drug abuse, gambling and other forms of addictions, at times coordinating seminars and workshops to meet this goal.  They are also the core group responsible for coordinating Sagamok's Annual National Aboriginal Addictions Awareness Week (NAAAW) held each year during the second week of November.  Look out for this event in 2018!

 

The team also coordinates recreational activities and social events that bring community members together in quality activities that build connections between people and allow for meaningful discussion and socialization in a drug and alcohol free setting. 

 

 

The team also offers services for those who have gone through treatment to prevent reoccurrences by providing counselling, sharing circles and support groups, regular phone calls and home visits, as well as referrals to band services, social services, detoxification and treatment centers and medical assistance. 

 

 

 

Community Circles       Community Circles can be requested at any time for the benefit of families and groups in the community.  These Circles can be used in times of crisis, contemplation and in healing.  They are delivered by the Saswin Community Mental Health & Addictions Team (including Dr. Peter Menzies if he is available) and supported by partners at Maamwesying and Raising the Spirit.  Please note that Community Circles do not have to concern addictions-related issues. 

 

 

Naadmaadaa Support Group      Naadmaadaa Support Group for individuals, family and friends who struggle with or want to support people with substance use disorder. This group takes place from 6-8pm at Saswin every second Monday.       Find Naadmaadaa on facebook

 

Harm Reduction

Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs.

 

 

Safe Inhalation Kit Program                           Distribution of safer crack-smoking kits reduces the risk that people will share pipes or use broken ones. It is also an opportunity to connect more drug users with harm reduction programs and other health and social services. Saswin Addictions Services distributes kits that contain the materials needed to make smoking crack safer.

 

Supplies available:   

Sterile alcohol swabs          Mouthpieces

Screens                             ● Push sticks

Matches                            Pipe

 

 

Did you know that using a stem  along with brass metal screens and mouthpieces can prevent cuts and burns and help reduce the spread of HIV, hepatitis C and other pathogens and harms among people who smoke drugs.  Find out more at the Ontario Harm Reduction Distribution program

 

 


Needle Exchange Program      Sterile equipment is provided to users to reduce the spread of blood-borne infections among people who inject drugs, like steroids and heroin.  The program protects the public by reducing the number of used needles discarded in public places. 

 

Free Supplies and Services:

needles, injection and inhalation equipment for injecting

information about safer drug use

information about safer sex

community referrals to services

disposal containers for used needles and sharps

condoms and lube

information on Naloxone and overdose prevention and management

 

 

 


Naloxone Kit Program             Naloxone can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose. When someone overdoses on opioids, their breathing either slows or stops completely. If used right away, naloxone can help them breathe normally and regain consciousness. Naloxone can either be injected or given as a nasal spray. 

Want to learn more about Ontario's free Naloxone kit program? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Youth!  Mondays   YOUTH ADDICTIONS TALKING CIRCLE from 4-6pm at the Youth Centre (512 Cedar Street).  For grades 6, 7 & 8 students.  Transportation provided from Biidaaban Kinoomaagegamik to the Youth Centre and then home afterwards.  Participants will enjoy dinner and fun activities while learning in a Circle setting.  This is a safe, culturally based environment facilitated by Community Workers and Traditional Teachers.  Parental Consent is required.  17 spots available.  For more information, please contact Darlene McNaughton, Student Mental Health Worker at (705) 865-2387 or Jenna Guignard, Youth Wellness Worker at (705) 865-2171 ext.329. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cultural Services Available at Saswin

An integral component of Sagamok's Wellness Strategy includes Cultural Services and Resources.  

 

Sagamok's Cultural Worker operates out of the Saswin building and supports the cultural service needs of the entire organization and Sagamok community.  The Cultural Worker is approachable for teachings, requests for ceremonies, and assistance in planning a healing journey. 

 

Traditional Healers          The Cultural Services worker coordinates the delivery of traditional healing alternatives for the benefit of community members.  One traditional healer visits the Saswin in Sagamok. 

 

Need a specific cultural service?  Ask!  Don't forget to bring a tobacco offering!

  • Healing, Talking and Sharing Circles         
  • Ceremony
  • Sweat Lodge
  • Smudging
  • Cleansing of Spaces
  • Rights of Life Ceremonies