Pangnirtung starts work on community wellness, suicide prevention – Nunatsiaq Online

January 16, 2018

Baffin community to spend next two weeks honing action plan

Starting today, Pangnirtung elders, youth, parents, counsellors, school staff and other residents will spend part of the next two weeks in workshops designed to produce a five-year community wellness action plan.

The goal of the plan is to help residents get the support they need “to address difficulties in life and to develop skills that will help people to make good choices for happier lives.”

Pangnirtung’s service organization, Inuit Ilagiit, and former members of the Pujualussait group, which organized an Inuit trauma conference in Pangnirtung in 2008, are hosting the workshops, which will wrap up Jan. 27 with a workshop open to everyone in the community of about 1,500.

Information on the workshops says these aim to offer people more support and decrease the risk of young people becoming unhappy or thinking about suicide.

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