“Take Action to Find Meaning”
Mental health is about being able to enjoy life, believe in yourself, have positive relationships, contribute to your community, cope with stress, and get help in hard times.
Inuit Tapitiit Kanatami (ITK) defines mental wellness as “self-esteem and personal dignity flowing with the presence of harmonious physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and cultural identity.” (Inuit Specific Mental Wellness Framework, 2001).
The 2018 Mental Health Promotion week poster uses the image of a family fishing to present 8 strategies for promoting mental wellbeing.
Activities like camping, hunting, fishing, and berry-picking have important benefits for mental health. That is why we put these Mental Wellness messages on custom fishing lures. Nunavimmiut can pick one up with their local Wellness Worker!
“Take Action to Find Meaning” Photo Contest
From May 7-13, show us how you take care of your mind, body, spirit, and relationships, and you could win: 1st price, ice drill; 2nd and 3rd prize, fishing rod.
Visit the NRBHSS Facebook Page and see the Take Action to find Meaning post for more details.
Funding for community events
A budget is offered to each community in order to organize an event or community project to promote mental health during the month of May:
Please send funding application form to mental health agent at NRBHSS:
Mental health agent
Talking about Mental Health
Check out these tips to raise awareness about mental health and start a dialog on the radio or at a public event:
Tools for Schools and Youth Workers
Mental Health Journal
Teachers, student counsellors, parents, or social workers can guide students through the activities in the journal, and help them develop self-esteem and positive identity, goal-setting, self-care, and coping skills.
Furthermore, the booklet includes basic information about depression and anxiety disorders which commonly affect teens :
Fishing for Feelings
A tool for kids to identify and express emotions: