2017 Arctic Circle Assembly
At the 2017 Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland, North in Focus held a breakout session about the importance of youth voices in mental health and other forms of programming.
Youth Voices of Integrative Mental Health and Suicide Awareness was presented by Eva Wu and Ashley Cummings on Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Harpa Conference Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Youth Voices of Integrative Mental Health and Suicide Awareness introduces the current efforts made by youth on the topic of mental health and suicide, focusing on the work of North in Focus as a non-profit organization while integrating the perspectives of other youth councils and initiatives. Being youth led and youth focused, NIF aims to contribute to mental health resource accessibility in Canada’s North through developing avenues of self-expression. The implementation of these unique techniques for youth empowerment has merited the onset of experiential education potential in healthcare. The breakout discussion strives to define both the importance and potential procedures of integrating youth perspectives in mental health policy reforms and implementation, especially for programs and initiatives that directly affect the noted demographic.