BETTER PROFESSIONAL MENTAL HEALTH HELP FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN NUNAVUT

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Nunavut has the highest rate of suicides in Canada. The mental health "professional" are just new local guidance counselors(yes they may help when you are feeling down or off every once in a while), 2019 there was 106 suicide related deaths, 13 percent less then usual. The population in Nunavut is 38, 780 people. I have had a personal experience with the guidance counselors and they were not very professional with my suspected mental illnesses, they had said I do not have mental illnesses, a couple years later living in ontario, I have been diagnosed with 2 illnesses with a professional therapist, that says a lot about the "professionalism" in the counselors about mental illnesses in Nunavut. But in smaller communities they do not have new guidance counselors like the capital of Nunavut, but I do not know their situations about counselors or mental health help. June 26, 2020 held a territory wide protest to raise awareness to mental health help. A lot of the people who is suspected to have mental illnesses is afraid to tell a trusted adult, elder, friend or local teacher / employee, which leads to bottling up your emotions and turns to suicide when feeling alone and or depressed. I have lost too many friends and family members to suicide. 

The goal is for the government ,

-build a multi floor building or existing building for different ages/disabilities,

-much better professional help LOCALLY, for example a guidance counselor down in ontario come up to iqaluit and train local people who want to help in Iqaluit or to the smaller communities on different levels for help(ie team A stay at the building as another team B do wellness checks around the community.

-Many programs for all ages

-food so the people can eat snacks during programs / private counseling.

-A good connection with a therapist through technology, so if a person is suspected to have a mental illness the counselor and person suspected may contact the therapist for an appointment.

(Team ,B wellness checks)The more trained mental health workers do wellness checks around the community instead of police officer, counselor 1 will have a taser at hand in dangerous situations and counselor 2 have handcuffs to seize the non mentally stable and de-escalate the situation

(Team A) team A will be staying at the building. Have private counseling for people, do programs schedules(example, fridays movie night, wednesday cook afternoon etc) have family/parent counseling. Alcohol anonymous recovery. 420 safe and cigarette during counseling outside / in a shed out back for privacy if chosen. Small trips to the local store to restock on snacks with people who may want to help and receive a treat from the local store for helping. And much more

SPREAD THIS LIKE CRAZY GUYS, GALS, NONBINARY PALS AND 2 SPIRITED PEOPLE. Indigenous lives are sacred.

GEORGE HICKES IS THE MINISTER OF HEALTH FOR NUNAVUT