Suicide prevention week campaign tells Nunavimmiut: “you’re important to us”
"It is critical to ask for help and... resources are available"
“You’re important to us. Suicide is not an option.”
That’s the theme and slogan of the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Service’s Suicide Prevention Week campaign, which runs until Feb. 8.
Nunavimmiut can look for pins with that slogan in English, French and Inuktitut in their communities through the week, which they’re encouraged to give to people who are important to them.
“It highlights the unique and precious place each individual has in his or her entourage as well as in the community,” said a Feb. 3 press release from the regional health board.
“The NRBHSS wishes to stress the importance of reminding the population that it is critical to ask for help and that resources are available in the community.”
Suicide prevention is one of the main focuses of the health board’s Ilusiliriniqmi Pigutjiutini Qimirruniq (clinical project) which is working to put recommendations into place to offer better support to Nunavimmiut at risk of suicide.
Health board directors have already approved a number of cultural activities and a role model recognition program; the board is also working on the creation of a Nunavik “grieving day,” a regional healing team and a implementing a region-wide system for tracking suicides and attempts.
If you live in Nunavik, and you or someone you know needs help, call your local health centre at 9090, where service is available in Inuttitut, English or French.
You can also call the Kamatsiaqtut help line at 1-800-265-3333 for support in Inuktitut or English.
Across Canada, you can call the Kids help phone at 1-800-668-6868 and in Quebec, French-language support is available at 1-866-APPELLE.