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Pandemic creates new challenges for Nunavut’s mental health service providers – Nunatsiaq News

“We’re doing the best we can under difficult circumstances. But we are there for people.”

Elisapee Johnston is packing boxes filled with sweaters and jackets to send to communities she would normally visit at this time of year.

Johnston is the North Baffin program co-ordinator at Isaksimagit Inuusirmi Katujjiqaatigiit Embrace Life Council, a non-profit suicide-prevention organization based in Iqaluit.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, Johnston and the rest of the Embrace Life team have cancelled their spring community workshops.

“We had a very busy calendar planned,” Johnston said.

With travel plans cancelled, Embrace Life is trying to support community initiatives from a distance. That’s why Johnston is packing up boxes of “swag” with Embrace Life apparel that can be handed out as part of community games and other activities.

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