Helping people achieve and maintain mental wellness
The SSHS Mental Wellness Program addresses the emotional and mental health of the women, men and children of N̓Quatqua, Skatin, Samahquam and Xax̓sta. The program provides the information and support people need to successfully tackle obstacles to their mental wellness.
The Mental Wellness Program is dual focus, consisting of Child and Youth Mental Health and Counselling programs. Both programs emphasize prevention and education services, running campaigns to promote good mental health, delivering awareness workshops and creating innovative ways to reach community members.
Mental Wellness services
- Referrals to regional mental health services
- Referrals to other health care providers
- Cultural and mental wellness programming for youth
- Liaising with other agencies such as MCFD
Mental Wellness Team
Child and Youth Mental Health and Wellness Liaison Worker, James Mock, has been SSHS since 2015. He has been involved in child, youth and family support for more than 20 years. After graduating from Laurentian University with a BA in Psychology in 1992, he moved to BC in 1992. Since then, he has worked in numerous programs ranging from those within schools to a wilderness camp for high risk youth. His love for the BC wilderness, First Nations culture, and gardening have made him passionate about who he spends time with and how he spends that time. James is dedicated to empowering others to make positive choices and reach their potential in life.
Counsellor Brett Peterson, M.A., has been a psychotherapist /mental health Worker for the past 20 years, 10 of which were devoted to helping people with addictions. He received his clinical training at UBC, where his concentration was in family therapy and where he conducted research in healing from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He combines elements of Eastern and Western psychology to help people heal from trauma, depression, anxiety and grief. A meditation teacher for the past decade, Brett also offers meditative tools for working with difficult emotions. Brett was one of six therapists chosen to work with people from the Doukhobor community members who were taken from their parents as children and forced into residential schools in the 1950s.
Cheryl Bate is a Mental Health and Addictions Therapist with more than 25 years of experience. She has worked in diverse communities including remote, fly-in villages and large urban centres. Cheryl received her Master's degree from UBC and her research was presented at a large international conference in the U.S. She has also completed doctoral level hours of clinical experience. Cheryl has found that family, friendships and tools such as