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In May 2018, North in Focus aims to collaborate with Nunavummiut to facilitate three, weeklong youth-centred mental health workshops. All programs will be unique to suit the needs and opportunities in the region, while driven by the aims and priorities as set out by community consultations. Current priority communities are Iqaluit, Arviat, Pangnirtung, and Pond Inlet, though suggestions and consideration will be applied to other regions as well.

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What Makes Up A NIF Workshop?

In general, North in Focus workshops include a week of class visits, after-school programming, and a community-wide closing event. During the programs, the NIF team facilitates various evidence-based exercises used by the Mental Health Commission of Canada with main discussions focused on mental illness, stigma reduction, suicide, self-care, and local mental health resources.

After-school programming is comprised of sports, outdoor activities, snacks, and guest presenters (previously these have included local social workers, community members, and youth to speak about intergenerational trauma, lived experience with mental illness, and cultural-based maintenance of wellbeing). Furthermore, each evening participants can engage in a number of relaxing activities including crafts, journalling, dancing, meditating, and peer support.

Previous programs have resulted in increased community mental health engagement, expansion of youth support programs, increased participation in cultural activities, and increase utilization of healthcare resources.

Contact Us

If you are from Nunavut and would like to collaborate with NIF to facilitate a workshop, either as a champion (leader who can coordinate logistics on the ground), member of the planning group, or liaison to community resources, NIF wants to hear from you! Fill out the form below or send us an email today.