Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Acting President James Eetoolook is pleased to release the Nunavut Suicide Prevention Strategy, and is thankful for the work of all strategy partners, which include NTI, Government of Nunavut, Embrace Life Council, and RCMP. The partnership was formed in the summer of 2008. All partners worked diligently to ensure the best possible strategy.
“Suicide is a very difficult topic to work on because we are all personally affected by it. Suicide prevention is not achieved in a simple and straightforward way,” said Eetoolok. “At the heart of the strategy is our belief that Inuit are not at a higher risk of suicide by virtue of our ethnicity. Therefore, elevated suicide rates are not our destiny and can be reversed. We know it will take time, and that no one action can lower our suicide rate immediately, but we are ready for the challenge.”
The strategy contains eight commitments, which, when deployed, will create a comprehensive set of interventions that will help people affected by suicide. Highlights include commitments to elevate the importance of suicide prevention, improve mental health services, better equip youth to cope with negative emotions, provide training to Nunavummiut to identify people at risk and link them with care, and improve early childhood development programs and services in Nunavut.
The partners committed to drafting a strategy implementation plan within 90 days of its release this week.
For further information:
Director of Communications
Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
Tel: (867) 222-1411
fbuscemi @ tunngavik.com