The Mental Health & Wellness Team (MHWT) was initially established in 2017 when, through grant funding, a mental health counselor joined the existing social worker. Core funding for the mental health counselor was received from the provincial government in April 2019. The intent of the team is to focus on mental health and wellness support for autistic individuals, and their caregivers.

Mental Health and Addiction Services (MHAS) Saskatoon through the Saskatchewan Health Authority offers mental health support. Individuals/families will find information here on how to request an intake for themselves or their child: https://mhas.saskatoonhealthregion.ca/

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Saskatoon Branch offers a variety of information and programs on their website: https://cmhasaskatoon.ca/

The Mental Health & Wellness Team provides individual counselling, mental health education and support for autistic adults, children, youth and their families. Our philosophy is person-centred, strengths-based and collaborative. We strive to prioritize the specific needs, unique strengths, and therapy goals of each individual client. We believe in empowering the individual and their families and providing an empathetic, safe and accepting environment.

MHWT Services

The team provides support in the following areas:

  • Individual counselling
  • Psychoeducational groups
  • Advocacy
  • Resource navigation
  • Funding exploration
  • Community referrals
  • Consultation and collaboration
  • Transition planning
  • Autism education for the community

Individual Counselling

Our individual counselling services are offered in person and virtually (Zoom).

We offer counselling support in the following areas:

  • Mental wellness
  • Anxiety
  • Mild depression
  • Stress management
  • Handling life transitions
  • Emotional regulation
  • Autistic burnout
  • Masking

A variety of other services can be accessed through the following partners’ resource pages:

Family Services Saskatoon offers free Rapid Access counseling to individuals of all ages: https://www.counsellingconnectsask.ca/

Indigenous individuals can access free mental health counseling through Non-Insured Health Benefits. The following is a list of NIHB mental health providers in Saskatchewan: https://www.nitha.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/NIHB_Provider-List_2021.pdf

There are a variety of mental health professionals listed on the Autism Individualized Funding service providers list: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/health/accessing-health-care-services/health-services-for-people-with-disabilities/registry-of-autism-service-providers

Jordan’s Principle Funding can be used to cover the cost of mental health supports for Indigenous children. Information on local Jordan’s Principle navigators can be found here: https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1568396296543/1582657596387#sec3

If you are interested in accessing services through our Mental Health and Wellness Team, the first step is to request an intake appointment. If you would like more information, please reach out to Olivia O’Neill, Manager of the Mental Health and Wellness Team. You can reach Olivia by email olivia.oneill@autismservices.ca or by phone 306-665-9374.

For 24-hour Crisis Services contact Mobile Crisis: 306-933-6200 or call 911.