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20 November 2023
This week, the Department of Health is celebrating National Addiction Awareness Week, and this year’s theme is “Inspiration, Innovation, and Inclusion”. The Department of Health invites Nunavummiut to learn more about the causes and prevention of substance-use related harms, treatment and recovery options. Educating ourselves in these areas helps promote meaningful change and reduce the stigma associated with substance use.
Everyone plays a role in supporting mental health and people with addictions through Inuuqatigiitsiarniq, respecting others, relationships, and caring for people.
Community support is essential to building and maintaining supportive communities. This support includes guidance from Elders, care from Health professionals, and advice from those with personal experience, Together, we can improve the lives of those who may be struggling with substance use and can encourage them to ask for and receive help.
You are not alone. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, reach out to a trusted friend, family member, Elder, or Wellness Counsellor.
For confidential support, you can contact:
Help Lines and Online Chat
Website for tips
If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the RCMP, or go to your local health centre or hospital immediately.
Department of Health