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Caring for Our People
We are making improvements to the NWT health and social services system to better respond to your needs.
Attention Students: Are You Covered?

Please notify the Health Services Administration Office if you plan to be out of the NWT for more than 90 days at a time by providing a completed Temporary Absence Form.

The Department of Health and Social Services, in collaboration with the NWT Coalition Against Family Violence, has developed a social marketing campaign aimed at changing attitudes and beliefs about family violence. The campaign is entitled “What Will It Take?” and is geared towards bystanders - people who witness family violence. When people are bystanders to family violence they often have an opportunity to step up and make a positive difference but aren’t sure what to do.
Updating the NWT Child and Family Services System
On March 4 2014, the Office of the Auditor General of Canada released its Report on the NWT Child and Family Services. The Department accepted all of the recommendations laid out in the Auditor General’s Report and developed a Work Plan identifying both short and long term actions to implement all of the 11 recommendations.
Family violence is an abuse of power within relationships of family, trust or dependency. Family violence includes many different forms of abuse, mistreatment or neglect that adults or children may experience in their intimate, kinship or dependent relationships.
Child and Family Services exist to protect and support children in the NWT and to encourage families to be strong and healthy.
Addictions are behaviours which a person continues, despite the negative impact on his or her life.
Mental health is a state of well-being in which you realize your own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and are able to make a contribution to your community.