Mental Health Services
Mental health support is something that people of all genders might need at some point in life. Although, Two-Spirit, queer, trans, and gender-diverse people can shoulder a significant burden of poor mental health outcomes, these outcomes may or may not be related to their gender. It is important to note that at times the bodily discomfort, depression, and anxiety that is associated with a diagnosis of gender dysphoria can be attributable to external experiences of stigma, discrimination, and a lack of access to adequate care. Whatever your experience may be, know that it is valid!
There are different forms of mental health support, all of which can have a slightly different function, cost, and path to access. Knowing who to talk to, and when, can be a great starting point. In this section you will find information on the mental health supports available across the province and how to go about accessing them. You will also find online, print, and community-led resources on mental wellness, healing, and self- and community-care.
Who Does What?
A Phone or Internet Chat Line
An anonymous phone or chat line is staffed by people who are able to listen to your concerns and provide support. The kind of support available depends on the service, but most phone and chat services are staffed by trained counsellors.
Indigenous healers may or may not be licensed mental health professionals, and may work on or off reserve. Indigenous healers use holistic approaches that focus on the connection with family, community, spirituality and nature. Traditional healing may include: ceremonies, songs, stories, dances and prayers; traditional medicines; for example, using sacred remedies such as tobacco, cedar, sweetgrass and sage; healing circles, talking circles; and connections to Elders, traditional healers, Medicine people and other helpers.
A General Practitioner is often the first place people go when wanting to access mental health support, and they are able to support you directly, or connect and refer you to other mental health specialists. In some cases, they may also be able to prescribe some medication.
Peer support is emotional and practical support between two people who share a common experience, such as a mental health challenge or illness. A Peer Supporter has lived through that similar experience, and is trained to support others.
A Counsellor or Social Worker
A counsellor or social worker is someone who is usually trained in talk-based therapy, where they will listen to you talk and help you to overcome concerns and gain perspective. They can be easier to access in terms of cost and wait times. However, it should be noted that not all insurance plans cover counsellors and/or social workers.
Psychologists are trained in providing support, tools and practical guidance to people experiencing mental illnesses and typically specialize in a specific area. Licensed psychologists are qualified to do counselling and psychotherapy, perform psychological testing, and diagnose and treat mental disorders.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors, and have an understanding of both mental and physical health, and how they may interact. Psychiatrists can also prescribe medications.
Where To Get Care
Social Workers and Counsellors
Jocelyn Anderson (she/they), MSW RSW
Mailing Address: Conscious Counselling and Wellness at 181 Westmorland St. Fredericton
Telephone: (506) 230-4105
Sara Hayward, CCC LCT (WPATH/CPATH)
Region: Saint John
Mailing Address: Family Plus Life Solutions Inc., 199 Chesley Dr., Saint John NB E2K 1P6
Telephone: 506-634-8295 or 506-650-3802 (for the Horizon Child and Youth Team)
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org (for the Horizon Child and Youth Team)
Angela Keetch (currently on leave)
Region: St. George
Child and Youth Team
Telephone: Main Line 506-755-4044
Marie-Hélène Landry MTS, TSI \ MSW RSW
Child & Youth team
Telephone: 506-856-2271 or 506-856-2530
Christina Moore, MSW RSW
Mailing Address: SAGE Counselling Services, 919 Prospect Street Suite 50 E3B 2T7
Telephone: 1 (800) 390-3258
Darcie Organ (they/them), RSW / TSI
Marilia Paulon (she/they)
Mailing Address: Family Enrichment and Counselling Services, 356 Queen Street, Fredericton NB E3B 1B2
Stel Raven (they/them), MSW, RSW (WPATH/CPATH)
Nathan Thompson (he/him), MEd LCT-C CCC (WPATH/CPATH)
Mailing Address: Block House Counselling Services, 74 Shore St., Fredericton NB E3B 1R2
Jaclyn Trecartin McAdam (WPATH/CPATH)
Region: Saint John
Mailing Address: 89 Canterbury Street, Suite 200; Saint John, NB; E2L 2C7
Lynsey Wilson Norrad, MSW, RSW (WPATH/CPATH)
Bridge to Wellness Counselling and Consulting
Mailing Address: 461 King St., Fredericton NB E3B 1E5
Steven Butler, LCT, CCC (WPATH)
Mailing Address: 117 Carleton Street, North East Office, 2nd Floor, Saint John, NB Telephone: (506) 497-6090
Shane Clark (they/them) MSW RSW (WPATH/CPATH)
Region: Fredericton and remote (NB)
Address: Rebel Heart Counselling at 181 Westmorland St.
P: (506) 307-5866
Fredericton and Remote
#104-181 Westmorland St. Fredericton, NB
Lee Thomas (MSW, RSW) (WPATH/CPATH)
Fredericton and Remote
Zivi Richard, MSW, RSW (WPATH/CPATH)
Caring for Ourselves
The term self-care is used all over the place, from kombucha ads and expensive luxury items, to wellness influencers and health brands. But what does 2SLGBTQIAA+ self-care mean, and why are we talking about it here?
Our version of self-care isn’t about buying things or “treating ourselves”, it’s about meaningfully taking care of ourselves, which includes whatever nourishes, sustains, heals and enriches us.
Sometimes these things can be trivial, or indulgent, but just as often they’re hard work. Ultimately though, we are giving ourselves the tools we need to stay strong.
Living in the world as a 2SLGBTQIAA+ person can be very depleting, especially when we need to stand up and advocate for ourselves. Caring for ourselves allows us to not only survive but thrive, having the energy to do the things we want, to support our friends and community, and to be our most authentic and euphoric selves.
Self-care, like all care work, takes intention and energy, and this will differ from person to person. Below is a list of some resources and tools that may help you along the way: