Nunavut to observe World Suicide Prevention Day on Sunday

GN encourages to spend time with family and friends

By Nunatsiaq News

The Government of Nunavut is reminding residents that Sunday is Embrace Life Day and World Suicide Prevention Day.

This year’s theme is “Creating hope through action,” the Health Department said in a statement released on Friday.

The government said it was a call to action. “Through our actions, we can promote hope and strengthen prevention.”

According to Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the rate of suicide among Inuit is 5 to 25 times higher than in the rest of Canada.

The Embrace Life Council, also known as Isaksimagit Inuusirmi Katujjiqatigiit, is a Nunavut based non-profit organization that promotes mental health and community for suicide prevention.

Recently, it was named 2023’s best community organization by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health.

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In recognition of the day, the Health Department urged Nunavummiut to spend the day enjoying positive mental and physical activities, including time with family and friends, getting out on the land, engaging in cultural activities such as sewing, hunting or crafting.

“The Government of Nunavut offers community-based, regional, and out-of-territory mental health and addiction services,” the GN said.

“If you or someone you know is struggling, please remember that you are not alone.”

The Embrace Life website list of community and regional contacts for those in need.

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