Services Provided by SMHC

Indigenous Services and Spiritual Care

Indigenous Services is designed to link First Nations, Inuit and Métis patients with Indigenous Resource Workers at Selkirk Mental Health Centre.

The Indigenous Resource Worker provides culturally appropriate social support for those who request this service. The Indigenous Resource Worker’s goal is to meet the person’s need for social interaction.


As part of SMHC's Indigenous Services, reporting to the Coordinator of Indigenous Services, the Indigenous Resource Workers’:

  • Provide important cultural input and social interaction
  • Provide a one-to-one  support   
  • Assist in strengthening their skills in areas of daily living activities, self-care, communication, social behaviour through role modeling, mentoring and encouraging personal growth
  • Assist in cultural, recreational/vocational or educational interests of choice
  • Participate in the development and implementation of activities, programs and events
  • Assist individuals or groups to understand the traditional cultural, social or spiritual relevance of activities and events  


  • Knowledge of Indigenous/Inuit cultures is essential
  • Ability to speak an Indigenous/Inuit language is an asset 
  • Understanding of empowerment
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Understanding of the issues faced by individuals experiencing a mental illness
  • Willingness to work flexible hours
  • Ability to work independently
  • Related education and experience (one year of volunteering with persons with special needs is an asset)
  • Post secondary education in the mental health field and related experience preferred


  • Works with supervision/direction from the Coordinator of Indigenous Services
  • The program is designed to help break through any isolation barriers our people may feel while away from their families and communities, thus creating a more culturally acceptable environment.

For further information, please call: 
Coordinator of Indigenous Services
Phone:  204-482-3810

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Therapeutic Nutrition Service is an integral component of patient care, as adequate nutrition is a fundamental need of all individuals.

The dietitian will:

  • Meet an individual inpatient's nutritional needs by providing modified meals and nourishments
  • Assist with the management of physical disease through diet modification
  • Assist with the development of life-skills and knowledge regarding nutrition needs through individual and group education

Contact Person:
Phone:  204-482-3810

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Financial Services

Accounts Payable – Process all vendor invoices and employee expense claims according to contract amounts.

Controllership – Provide guidance and instructions for all procurement and payment activities at the Centre according to government-wide policy and procedures.

Employee Parking Program – Assist employees with filling out forms and updating information for parking at the Centre.

Financial Planning – Prepare Annual Estimates and monthly Cash Flow forecasts with variance explanations, prepare Annual Report and other various end-of-period reports, and participate in various management meetings (i.e. Redevelopment, Strategic Planning, etc.).

Patient Trust – Provide a banking service environment for patients to deposit and access funds during their stay at the Centre.

Residential Billings – Calculate residential fees and correspond with patient’s family or committee regarding the fee structure and appeal process. Prepare invoices for daily residential fees and receive payment.

Contact Person:
Manager, Financial Services
Phone: 204-482-3810

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Health Information Services

The purpose of this service is to coordinate information to ensure timely access; provide expert data analysis, interpretation and research; and provide leadership in the area of health information management, policies and standards in order to improve patient outcomes and Selkirk Mental Health Centre performance.


  • Patient record maintenance (Selkirk Mental Health Centre and Brandon Mental Health Centre) ensuring patient privacy and confidentiality is maintained
  • Information integration to support comparative reporting and best practice
  • Sharing of statistical information to ensure continuity of care
  • Database/Spreadsheet design
  • Release of Information within legal/administrative guidelines
    • If you are a facility requesting information, please fax a signed consent to 204-482-4219. If you have questions, please call 204-482-1768.
    • If you are a current or former patient requesting information from your records, please complete the Request for Personal Information Form and return to the address listed on the form. To ensure your privacy, a photocopy of a form of ID is required to verify your identity. If you would like us to mail you a copy of the form, please call 204-482-1768.
    • If you are requesting information on a deceased family member for the purpose of genealogy, please complete the Request for Family Information Form and return to the address listed on the form. In order to ensure the privacy of past patients, a photocopy of a form of ID is required to verify your identity. If you would like us to mail you a copy of the form, please call 204-482-1768.

Contact Person:
Ms. Brandi Walder, Manager
Phone: 204-482-3810

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Medical Services

Staff Psychiatrist

Patients are admitted to SMHC under the care of a Psychiatrist in keeping with The Mental Health Act of Manitoba. The Psychiatrist, in conjunction with the multidisciplinary team, is responsible for investigation, diagnosis and treatment of all patients while at SMHC.

Staff Physician

The staff physician provides physical medical care to all patients from admission to discharge. All medical problems are investigated, diagnosed and treated as needed while at SMHC. Consultation and diagnostic services are available locally or in Winnipeg.

Contact Person: 
Dr. Ogo Chukwujama, Medical Director
Phone:  204-482-3810

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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy provides people with opportunities to achieve health through participation in meaningful occupations.  Occupation includes all daily tasks and activities such as self-care, home management, work, leisure, community and social activities.  The occupational therapist works with people to identify occupational performance concerns, and assists them to change or remove the barriers to meaningful occupation.  Occupational therapy assists people to maximize their functional ability and to develop the skills and/or community supports needed to make positive life changes.

Vocational Rehabilitation Services

PURPOSE:  To explore vocational interests and aptitudes and develop job readiness through inter-disciplinary assessments and skill development opportunities.  Services are provided through the Vocational Resource Centre.

Situational Work experiences are available through the Vocational Incentive Program, which provides opportunity to learn, develop, improve, or maintain work skills and habits in supportive work placements throughout the Centre.  Work placements can also be arranged through community employers with on site job coaching provided by VRS staff.

Contact Person:
See specific Program Manager

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Pharmacy Services

Pharmacy is responsible for the procurement of drugs and related products. Inventory is monitored and pharmaceuticals are distributed throughout the Centre.

Pharmacy monitors patients’ drug therapy for drug-related problems through regular medication reviews.

Drug information service is provided to patients, staff and members of the general public.

Contact Person:
Phone: 204-482-3810

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Physiotherapists work in collaboration with the treatment team, patients, and patient's family to restore maximal functional mobility, through assessment and personalized treatment plans that respect professional guidelines and personal goals. Physiotherapy goals may include but are not limited to; global body conditioning through strength and endurance training, gait training, transfer training, pain management, facilitation/inhibition of neuromuscular deficits, posture correction, and cardio respiratory training. The physiotherapist’s role is to provide appropriate physical therapy intervention to achieve therapy goals, while ensuring maximal patient safety is maintained through close supervision to ensure the risk for falls, injury, and/or cardio respiratory exacerbation is at a minimum.

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As members of the multidisciplinary treatment team, Psychologists work with patients, families, and staff providing a variety of psychological services in order to assist with diagnosis and treatment as well as community preparation and planning.  Services offered are:

  1. psychological assessment of intellectual and personality functioning, and of symptoms such as depression and anxiety;
  2. psychological treatment including individual and group psychotherapy;
  3. behavioral assessment and interventions to reduce problematic behaviors and increase optimal functioning; and
  4. consultation to the treatment team as well as community programs on a range of psychosocial issues related to patient treatment and recovery.

Psychologists are also involved in the following:

    • consultation to staff regarding research and ethical issues,
    • evaluation of treatment programs,
    • staff education on psychosocial topics,
    • professional training and supervision of Clinical Psychology graduate students on practicum or internship,
    • research on topics related to the assessment and treatment of mental disorders, and
    • ongoing professional development.

Contact person: 
See specific Program Manager

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Recreation Therapy

Therapeutic Recreation uses treatment, education and recreation services to help people with illnesses, disabilities and other conditions to develop their health, functional abilities, independence and quality of life.

Therapeutic Recreation offers individualized and group treatment plans which include physical treatment and motor training activities; leisure education, recreation participation which encompass physical activities, community, social and cultural events, sensory stimulation and special events.

Contact Person:
Go to specific Program Manager

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Self-Help Groups

The Self-Help Office is located in the Recreation Hall and is staffed by:

  • Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba - Monday, 9:00-4:00
  • Peer Connections Manitoba - Tuesday-Thursday, 9:00-4:00
  • Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba - Fridays, 9:00-4:00

Each Outreach Worker Offers:

  • Visitation on the Wards
  • Supports and services for prevention, early intervention and awareness of mental illnesses
  • Individual consultation/support
  • Group support; family, consumer, friends
  • Education: Brochures, Videos and Public Presentations/Awareness
  • Cognitive Behavioural Programs
  • Social & Educational Support for Peers, Family & Friends
  • Information on Community Resources
  • Advocacy – Working in partnership with consumers, families & staff
  • Referral Services
  • Newsletters (Members)

Supports are offered to patient & family during their stay at S.M.H.C. & continue upon discharge into the community


  • To advocate for quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness and co-occurring disorders.
  • To promote research into causes & treatment of mental illnesses
  • To offer support & guidance to anyone suffering the effects of mental illness
  • To empower people to alleviate the development & management of mental wellness
  • To restore self-confidence, overcome stigma, discrimination & misconceptions surrounding bio-chemical brain disorders
  • To increase public awareness & understanding of mental illness
  • To provide resources for children, adolescents, adults, families, employers & health care professionals

Psycho-educational Programs

  • Family support groups meet monthly
  • Resource Centre-Newsletters, workshops, videos & books, current information on subjects such as medications, symptoms, etc.
  • Name That Feeling Program
  • 8 Stage Healing Program
  • Strengthening Families Together Program
  • Support Groups on the Wards
  • Peer Support Group
  • Hearing Voices Simulation Workshop


  • Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba
    100 - 4 Fort Street
    Winnipeg MB  R3C 1C4
    Phone: 204-925-0600
    Toll Free: 1-800-805-8885
    Fax: 204-925-0609
  • Manitoba Schizophrenia Society Inc.
    100 - 4 Fort Street
    Winnipeg MB  R3C 1C4
    Phone: 204-786-1616
    Toll Free: 1-800-263-5545
    Fax: 204-783-4898
  • Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba
    100 - 4 Fort Street
    Winnipeg MB  R3C 1C4
    Phone: 204-786-0987
    Toll Free: 1-800-263-1460
    Fax –204-786-1906

For more information about the Self-Help Office:
Phone:  204-482-3810 ext 416

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Speech Language Pathology

Speech-language pathologists, sometimes called speech therapists, assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent disorders related to speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing, and fluency.

Speech-language pathologists develop individualized care plans, tailored to each patient’s needs.  They help patients develop, or recover, reliable communication skills so patients can fulfill their educational, vocational, and social roles. Speech-language pathologists assist in optimizing swallowing function in order to improve patient comfort and eating satisfaction, and promote positive feeding interactions. Speech-language pathologists counsel individuals and their families concerning communication disorders and how to cope with the stress and misunderstanding that often accompany them.  They also help patients, family members and staff develop strategies to facilitate communication skills in order to support the patient's role in decision making, to maintain social closeness, and to assist the patient in fulfillment of end-of-life goals.

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Social Work

Social Workers provide social/emotional support and advocacy for the patient and their support network. Social Work is available to provide consultation and intervention services to patients and families in areas such as transitioning to a new environment, grief, coping with illness, and caregiver support, among others. They will liaise with the patient’s family and establish connections with appropriate resources. They provide supportive assistance regarding legal and financial matters. The Social Worker assumes an integral role in discharge planning and community integration. Advised by the treatment team, they will work the patient’s support network to facilitate the patient’s discharge to the most appropriate setting. Social Work services can be contacted directly or reached through the Nursing Staff.

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Spiritual Care

The Selkirk Mental Health Centre affirms the spiritual experience of each patient, and the role of spiritual care in assisting recovery and the promotion of well being.  Every patient has the right to spiritual care in the faith tradition of his or her choice, either from the Centre's Interfaith Chaplain, Aboriginal Elder, or from the person’s faith community.

The Selkirk Mental Health Centre Interfaith Chaplain responds to the spiritual needs of patients through:

  • Visitation on the ward
  • Emotional support of patients and families
  • Prayer and provision of spiritual literature
  • Spiritual counsel
  • Worship services
  • Spiritual discussion groups
  • Sacramental visits
  • Facilitating the ministries of religious communities
  • Conducting memorial services for deceased patients

Contact Person:

Phone:  204-482-3810

The Selkirk Mental Health Centre Indigenous Elder responds to the spiritual needs of patients through:

  • Visitation on the Area
  • Emotional support of patients and families
  • Spiritual counselling
  • Memorial feasts at a patient request
  • Assisting patients in forming links with Elders in their home communities
  • Provides Indigenous Cultural awareness training for staff to enable them to assist patients better
  • Sweatlodge ceremonies for patients and staff, sweatlodge ceremonies for staff and friends
  • Smudging at request of patient and/or family
  • Other traditional, spiritual ceremonies as required
  • Oversight of use of traditional medicines and/or ceremonies
  • Weekly pipe ceremonies in Tyndall Building from September to June

Contact Person:

Mr. Bruce Lavallee, Indigenous Elder
Phone: 204-482-3810

These services are available on a voluntary basis to patients, their families and Centre staff. 

The times and locations of worship services are posted on bulletin boards in each Area. Times of services at local churches are also posted for those patients who are able to attend church in the City of Selkirk. Times and locations of Traditional ceremonies are posted on the bulletin boards in each Area.

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Staff Nurse

Staff Nurse is a licensed professional that is an integral part of the interdisciplinary treatment team. Nurses work together with each patient and various treatment team members to provide recovery oriented care with the vision of successful reintegration back to a community of one’s choice. Nurses have a diversified skill set which is necessary to perform a range of duties. This can encompass  specialized  assessments such as  mental status exams, assisting patients with  life skill development ,setting recovery goals, developing care plans, resource coordination, patient teaching about  illnesses, symptom management and medication therapy. Ultimately the staff nurse provides 24hr support.

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Support Service

Support Service provides a variety of services to the patients and to the staff to meet patient care needs.

  • Provide a clean environment for patients.
  • Serve three(3) meals a day for patients.
  • Provide between meal beverages and snacks for patients.
  • Provide linen for all patients.
  • Provide escorted transportation for patients, between buildings, to appointments and other escorted trips.
  • Provide registered dietitian service to assess patient needs, plan treatment and care, counsel patients, and provide discharge service.
  • Provide supplies throughout the Centre where and when required.

Contact Person:
Phone:  204-482-3810

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Selkirk Mental Health Centre has a Telehealth site that is part of the MBTelehealth videoconference Network. This site gives patients, staff and community members’ access to 42 other Telehealth sites across Manitoba.

The site allows us to provide discharge planning meetings, family meetings and family visits for patients currently at the Centre, and follow-up meetings for patients that have been recently discharged from the Extended Treatment & Rehabilitation Program, Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program and Forensic Rehabilitation Program. Referral Assessments to the Extended Treatment & Rehabilitation Program and the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program can now be done over the telehealth link for patients unable to travel to Selkirk.

The videoconference format will also be used to provide education sessions to physicians and other health care providers at distant sites in Manitoba.

Contact Person:
Brandi Walder
Phone: 204-482-3810

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Therapeutic Group Programs

Group Programming at Selkirk Mental Health Centre follows the principles of Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR).  Programming is designed to assist patients in achieving their identified goals and return to the community of their choice.  Patients are encouraged to take an active role in their recovery by participating fully in the programming offered.  Each program area has treatment team members assigned to facilitate groups.

Therapeutic Programs are developed to address skill development needs identified by patients within a particular area.  Patients are given the opportunity to address skill development needs related to anger and stress management, understanding their illness and controlling symptoms, medication awareness, health and fitness issues, budgeting and other life skills that may be needed to live successfully in the community of their choice.  Group Programs also provide information related to community supports that will assist patients in their recovery as they transition to the community.

Contact Person:
Go to Specific Program Manager

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Volunteer Services

What do volunteers do?  Volunteers enhance services provided to patients and their families at Selkirk Mental Health Centre.  They work as:

  • Friendly visitors, working with individual patients on a one to one basis.
  • Assistant Activities Instructors, working with groups of patients in a structured program i.e. Occupational Therapy.
  • Recreation Aides, working with large groups of patients in a recreational setting.
  • Part of a visiting group. Groups visit the Centre on a monthly basis, (e.g. Mennonite Churches) annual basis, (e.g. Selkirk Legion) or at regular intervals throughout the year (e.g. local entertainment).
  • Spiritual Care volunteers, assisting patients to attend worship services if they so wish.

Contact Person:
Ms. Marianne Petrachek, Coordinator
Phone:  204-482-3810

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