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Emotional and Mental Health Resources

This information is not intended to be a resource for people who require screening for COVID-19 or are experiencing a mental health crisis. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please contact 911 immediately or present yourself to the nearest emergency department. For up-to-date information about the GNWT’s COVID-19 response, please visit the COVID-19 information page.

The effort to address and manage COVID-19 is both extremely important to the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) and poses a range of challenges on individuals and families as they respond to the demands of living and working with this pandemic. We understand that the situation is stressful for everyone and it is normal to be anxious and worried. As such the GNWT is committed to sharing credible information and resources about maintaining mental health during this time of crisis, and supporting its employees and their family’s physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

The outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-19 has impacted people in varying ways on an international scale. It is understandable that during times like this, people may be feeling afraid, worried, anxious and overwhelmed by the constantly changing alerts and media coverage regarding the spread of the virus.

The GNWT encourages its employee and their families to explore the mental health and well-being resources and tools listed below to help manage their mental health and offers tips and strategies to continue looking after themselves and others. For further information about employee health and well-being resources, visit:


AbilitiCBT is a confidential mental health and well-being support program with virtual support from a dedicated therapist for employees who are dealing with anxiety and/or depression related to COVID-19.

Community supports

A listing of emotional and mental health resources available to all NWT residents is available at


LifeSpeak is a 24/7, total well-being platform where GNWT employees and their families can access expert information, and videos on a wide range of topics when and where they need. You can access LifeSpeak by entering using the password "gnwt".

COVID-19 Resources are now available through LifeSpeak to provide additional supports for employees.


Lifeworks is the GNWT’s confidential 24/7 Employee and Family Assistance program (EFAP) and has dedicated resources related to COVID-19, including the "New Normal in the Pandemic" Toolkit and the "COVID-19 (Coronavirus)" Toolkit.