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Mental Health Week and COVID-19

03 May 2021

Public Service Announcement

Mental Health Week and COVID-19

Mental Health Week is from May 3 to 9 and the Department of Health is encouraging Nunavummiut to take time to learn, talk and connect with friends, family and Elders about mental health and wellness.

This year has shown us the importance of taking time to focus on our mental health and well-being. When we are mentally healthy, we can feel, think and act in ways that help us cope with challenges and lead enjoyable lives. We are also better able to cope with challenges and negative experiences.

Right now, we are all doing our part to keep Nunavut safe. Even though we are physical distancing, maintaining social connections can help overcome feelings of uncertainty, loneliness, or fear that some of us may be experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We can stay connected with people outside of our household by talking on the phone, connecting online, or arranging socially distanced visits, if public health measures in our community permit. It is more important now than ever to actively support one another.

If you or someone you know is struggling, please remember that you are not alone. For anonymous support, contact:

  • The Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line (available 24 hours a day, seven days a week).
    • Call 867-979-3333 or toll free at 1-800-265-3333.
  • Crisis Services Canada.
  • Youthspace.ca.
    • Call 1-833-456-4566.
    • Text 778-783-0177.
    • Online chat available at www.youthspace.ca.
    • Email counselling is available by calling 250-478-8357 or toll free at 1-866-478-8357.
  • Isaksimagit Inuusirmi Kataujjiqatigiit Embrace Life Council.
  • Kids Help Phone.
    • Call 1-800-668-6868.
    • Live chat available at kidshelpphone.ca
    • Text ‘CONNECT’ to 686868 for a Live Chat or text ‘TALK’ to 686868 to message with a trained volunteer.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the RCMP, or go to your local health centre or hospital immediately.

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Media Contact:

Danarae Sommerville
Communications Specialist
Department of Health
867-975-5712
dsommerville1@gov.nu.ca