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The Government of Nunavut, Department of Health is encouraging Nunavummiut to “Break the Silence.” The Department of Health has created two videos (follow YouTube links) encouraging people to talk about suicide. In one video we dispel many of the myths and stigmas often associated with suicide.
The second video shows the importance of talking and breaking the silence. The second video is one individual’s reflection and how they have been touched by suicide. We can make a difference if we talk and listen to others.
Look for the different activities being conducted in your communities on September 10th and plan on getting involved. Join Us in “Breaking the Silence".
See the list below for activities happening in Nunavut communities:
Cambridge Bay – In collaboration with the Embrace Life Council a series of different events to include:
- 9 Sep – Presentation to elders on grief support;
- 10 Sep – Take back the Night walk and in the evening a Candle Light vigil;
- 11 Sep – Safe Talk presentation at the school
- 12 Sep – Stigma and grief presentation followed by a community feast
- 13 Sep – Bullying presentation to Grade 7 and Cyber Bullying presentation to Grade 6.
Gjoa Haven – Community feast at the Gideon Qitsualik Memorial Hall, with a candle light vigil and unveiling the tree with handprints and a guest speaker to talk about suicide. doors open at 7 pm.
Igloolik – community walk from the community hall to the beach and a lighting of candles by the beach
Pond Inlet – Prayer walk followed by a BBQ and refreshments at the Anglican Church.
Kugluktuk – Suicide walk (2 pm from the High school) or Memorial Service at the Anglican Church. Information, refreshments and Bannock at the Elders Centre.
The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) is a non-governmental organization working officially with the world health organization concerned with suicide prevention. An IASP initiative being encouraged throughout Nunavut is to “light a candle” near a window at 8 pm, September 10, to show your support for suicide prevention, to remember a lost loved on, and for the survivors of suicide.