Building on strengths in Naujaat: The process of engaging Inuit youth in suicide prevention – University of Copenhagen

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Building on strengths in Naujaat: The process of engaging Inuit youth in suicide prevention


Death by suicide and attempted suicide among Inuit youth is considered a public health emergency of epidemic proportion, with rates among the highest worldwide. Strong senses of cultural identity and pride as well as social capital have been identified as being protective against suicide. In this seminar we will present an initiative which aimed at I) partnering with the youth of Naujaat, Nunavut, and II) co-authoring a youth resiliency project that will contribute to III) shifting the perspective from historical multigenerational trauma to community adaptation, resistance, and resilience, and to IV) promoting life through developing positive dialogue, self-determination and agency.

Death by suicide and attempted suicide among Inuit youth is considered a public health emergency of epidemic proportion, with rates among the highest worldwide. Strong sense of cultural identity and pride as well as social capital have been identified as being protective against suicide. In this seminar we will present an initiative which aimed at I) partnering with the youth of Naujaat, Nunavut, and II) co-authoring a youth resiliency project that will contribute to III) shifting the perspective from historical multigenerational trauma to community adaptation, resistance, and resilience, and to IV) promoting life through developing positive dialogue, self-determination and agency.

 Program
14.00 – 14.05   Welcome by MESU
14:05 – 14:15   Introducing presenting team: Ms. Elizabeth Haqpi, Naujaat Elder, Ms. Suzanne Putulik and Ms. Natasha Uttak, Naujaat Youth                               group, Dr. Polina Anang, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba, Canada
14:15 – 14:30   Putting Naujaat on the map, Dr. Polina Anang
14:30 – 14:45   “Building on Strengths in Naujaat” initiative: shifting perspectives, Ms. Elizabeth Haqpi and Dr. Polina Anang
14:45 – 16:00   Discussion moderated by MESU

MESU is pleased to invite you to attend the seminar organized in collaboration with:
Polina Anang, Assistant Professor and Maria Bronson, Child and Adolescent Subspecialty Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada; and Elizabeth Haqpi, a Naujaat Elder, Natasha Uttak and Suzanne Putulik, members of the Naujaat Youth Resilience Project.

The seminar is free of charge, and no prior registration is needed.