Intensive mental health centre opens in Puvirnituq

Aaniavituqarq to welcome eight clients from around Nunavik

By JANE GEORGE

Nunavik’s new regional intensive care centre held its opening ceremonies last week in Puvirnituq.

Inuulitsivik’s social services co-ordinator Muncy Novalinga said the centre, located in Puvirnituq’s former nursing station, will be called “Aaniavituqarq,” to reflect the building’s long tradition of service to the community.

The new centre will help Nunavimmiut who are dealing with severe mental problems. Aaniavituqarq will provide them with a safe and secure place to stay where they can receive supervision and medication to help them cope.

Aaniavituqarq’s clientele will come from all over Nunavik — but they’ll share a pattern of difficult and disruptive behaviour. According to an Inuulitsivik document on the centre, Aaniavituqarq’s target group is “non-compliant, difficult to manage or hard to serve.”

Clients might include people who are experiencing some sort of crisis, who have been treated in hospital or are confined by a court order to a security room because they pose a danger to themselves or others.

“Once the initial crisis precipitating the confinement has been resolved, some individuals may no longer need the intensive surveillance and structure of the isolation room, but may not be stable enough to return to their own homes.”

Residents will stay for various lengths of time at Aaniavituqarq, depending on their need. Most will stay there for up to 30 days when they can’t stay in their home communities or at Inukjuak’s rehabilitation centre or if there are no other options.

The centre will have a total of eight clients. Three beds will be held for the Hudson Bay placements and two for clients from the Ungava Bay communities.

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