Mental Wellness Lead
Approaches to Community Wellbeing is a regional resource offering advocacy and public health support, services, and programming to 31 First Nations communities. The program also supports communities in the development, implementation, and monitoring of their own Approaches to Community Wellbeing. The Healthy Living section includes the Preventing Chronic Diseases (PCD) team, which looks at promoting mental wellness and ways of living well, such as through food sovereignty and security, nutritional teachings, active living, and commercial tobacco smoking cessation. The PCD team helps to support practices that help to identify early signs of diseases like diabetes and cancer (i.e., screening). The PCD team also envisions a role in advocating for environments that support communities on their journeys of mino-biimadiziwin (e.g., land and water stewardship) and addressing social determinants of health.
The Mental Wellness Lead works with the Preventing Chronic Diseases team to collaboratively develop programs and services aimed at promoting First Nations wellness and mental health and to support the continued development of community programs and services.
The Mental Wellness Lead is directly accountable to the Preventing Chronic Diseases Manager.
Salary range starting from $63,310 – $81,483/year
Who can apply:
Persons of First Nations ancestry will be given preference (s.16 (1)CHRA)
- Minimum of 3 years of direct service in mental wellness, mental health, and/or addictions fields or related area.
- Bachelor’s degree in social work or a health-related field.
- Experience working in First Nations communities and ability to speak in an Ojibwe, Oji-Cree, and/or Cree dialect as well as English is an asset.
- Knowledge of cultural teachings and values of First Nations communities in the Sioux Lookout area.
- Clinical knowledge in mental health and substance use assessment and interventions.
- Knowledge of the root causes of disruption to wellness, mental health difficulties, and substance use issues among First Nation’s peoples (i.e., systemic racism, colonial policies, and trauma); and ability to develop culturally safe program/service approaches.
- Knowledge of a range of topics related to cultural and clinical approaches to promoting mental wellness, preventing mental health disorders, and supporting people healing from substance use issues.
- Excellent communication and leadership skills to facilitate group dialogue and program development.
- Ability to apply child and adult learning principles to effectively share knowledge.
- Professional integrity and the ability to maintain confidentiality is essential.
- Excellent computer, written, and oral communication, and assessment skills.
- Excellent planning, organizational, problem solving and decision-making skills.
- Ability to travel as required
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
- Together with community workers and leaders, support the growth and development of community-led approaches to First Nations mental wellness based on knowledge of communities, cultural teachings, research, and Thunderbird Partnership’s First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum.
- Organize and host sharing circles (or other gatherings) that connect community mental wellness workers from across the region and create safe spaces for knowledge sharing, peer support, celebration, and identifying areas for improving programs/services.
- Build strong relations with, and identify the roles of, community workers and leaders, Tribal Councils, PTOs, and other organizations involved in First Nations mental wellness and mental health.
- Support the creation of a regional and coordinated mental health and substance-use plan with other ACW teams, SLFNHA departments, and external partners.
- Plan and facilitate (or support community workers facilitating) training workshops and events on mental wellness topics or topics identified by community workers (i.e., Mental Health First Aid First Nations, crisis intervention, mental wellness impacts of colonialism and racism).
- Develop information resources with, and for, community-based workers (i.e., new worker manuals, funding proposal writing guides, mental wellness information posters, and others at request of community).
- Provide and suggest opportunities for advocacy work to address federal and provincial laws and policies impacting First Nations mental health and wellness.
- Develop approaches to listening to community members’ experiences with mental health, wellness, and substance use support programs and use learnings to continuously improve programs/services.
- Participate in community outreach activities or committees and working groups as necessary.
- Work closely with other Preventing Chronic Diseases team members, staff within ACW (i.e., Substance Use Lead), and SLFNHA to accomplish these responsibilities.
- Other duties as assigned.
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