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NEWS: Around the Arctic May 07, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Nunavut, Nunavik health agencies mark Mental Health Week

“Be patient with yourself and others and reach out for help”

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The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services is giving away these special fishing lures to mark Mental Health Week, which runs from May 7 to May 13. (PHOTO COURTESY OF NRBHSS)
The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services is giving away these special fishing lures to mark Mental Health Week, which runs from May 7 to May 13. (PHOTO COURTESY OF NRBHSS)

Health agencies in Nunavut and Nunavik are marking Mental Health Week, which runs from Monday, May 7, to Sunday, May 13, by urging people to connect with each other and with the land.

“Be patient with yourself and others and reach out for help when you are going through a hard time,” the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Health said in a public service announcement.

“Nurture your mental health by focusing on your strengths and accomplishments and practising positive ways to cope with pain.”

The 2007-08 Inuit Health Survey revealed staggering levels of mental distress among Nunavut Inuit.

More than half of all Inuit women and 22 per cent of men who responded to the survey said they suffered “severe” sexual abuse as children.

In addition, about half of all respondents said they had suffered from some form of physical violence as adults.

And 14 per cent of respondents said they had thought seriously about suicide during the 12 months prior to the questionnaire.

Just recently, at the end of March in Clyde River, Nunavut RCMP members came face-to-face with a potentially lethal example of what mental distress can lead to, when a distraught man barricaded himself into a house and posted a live video on Facebook while brandishing a knife.

GN health officials remind people that it’s “OK” to talk about mental health and seek treatment for a mental illness.

“If you or someone you know needs support, reach out to a trusted friend, family member, teacher, counsellor or elder,” the GN said.

In Nunavik, the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services is holding a photo contest.

“Nunavimmiut are invited to show through photographs how they nurture their mind, body and spirit and how they maintain relations,” the Nunavik board said in a release.

You can find more information on the health board’s photo contest on their Facebook page.

The first prize is an ice auger and the second and third prize winners will get fishing rods.

“The theme of fishing, which is close to the heart of Nunavimmiut, plays a great role in this campaign,” the release said.

As part of that theme, you can get a free fishing lure from a local community liaison worker or community nurse, the Nunavik board said.

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(2) Comments:

#1. Posted by Bernie Adams on May 07, 2018

My 19 year old son, Robert Adams was brutally and viciously murdered on March 19, 2018 and I had contacted Social Services to ask for psychologists and psychotherapists to fly to Kangirsujuaq to help heal not only my family but for the family whose loved one died 1 day after my son. We are a Hurting Community. We are in Pain. Nunavik Regional Board and Health and Social Services do not give a F@CK about the Inuit in these small isolated Nunavik communities. For them its all about money and their budget. To Hell with the people who are traumatized and being victimized again by the lack of Love and Compassion from NRBHSS. I believe this organisation wants any or all Inuit to die by Suicide, Murder, Family Violence, Domestic Violence, Alcohol and Drug Addiction. So SADDDDDDDDDDDD I AM CALLING YOU OUT NRBHSS. Yes I am

#2. Posted by Eeee on May 07, 2018

Maybe start talking to the teenagers. My high school bf said he would suicide if I left him. He cheated, lied and stole from me. So when we broke up, he tried to commit suicide. His family blamed me. Said I should have never left him.
How many other people are trapped in these relationships that revolve around suicide threats.
People with past trams put that trams on current people in their life. It’s a vicious cycle.

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