On November 17, 2014, the Movember Circumpolar team received word that our project, "Pathways to mental wellness for Indigenous boys and men: Community-led and land-based programs in the Canadian North" had been awarded funding of $3 million for 3 years. This funding will support Inuit and First Nations community organizations in Northern Canada to develop, adapt, deliver, and evaluate land-based mental health programs. The project is being co-led by Dr. Gwen Healey at the Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre in Iqaluit, NU, and Dr. Michael Jong at the Labrador Grenfell Regional Health Authority and Memorial University in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL.
Our team recognizes that Indigenous communities across Canada and internationally are leaders in the development of innovative, culture-specific mental health and suicide prevention initiatives. This project will build on the knowledge and capacity that communities already have by focusing on existing and new programs that integrate land-based activities with mental health care. We aim to improve the mental health of Indigenous boys and men by targeting factors that promote mental wellness and protect against suicide risk, including cultural identity, personal agency, social support, connection to positive role models, and a sense of community belonging.
A list of our partners and project sites can be found by clicking here. In addition to these project sites, our team also includes advisors, clinicians, and researchers from Canadian and other circumpolar institutions, including:
- Labrador Institute of Memorial University
- Institute for Circumpolar Health Research
- Queen's University
- McMaster University
- Greenland Center for Health Research
- National Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark
- Utsjoki Health Care Centre, Finland
- Arctic University of Norway
- Sami National Centre for Mental Health, Sweden