ABOUT THE PRESENTATIONS AND SPEAKERS
From Suicide Prevention Policy to Community Engagement (and back again): The National Inuit Suicide Prevention Strategy in Canada
This webinar will outline the process of creating the National Inuit Suicide Prevention Strategy (NISPS) with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, including the role of global best-practices, Inuit knowledge and community engagement. We will discuss two community-based interventions that are aligned with the NISPS: Ikayuqatigiit, a land-based program for Inuit men who experienced childhood sexual abuse; and, Inuit in Nunagat/ Inuit in the City, a digital storytelling project with Inuit youth.
Allison Crawford, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPC
Director, Northern Psychiatric Outreach Program and
Telepsychiatry Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Allison Crawford is inspired by making mental health treatments more accessible, equitable, and meaningful to people. She is a psychiatrist and Program Director of the Northern Psychiatry Outreach Program and Telepsychiatry at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Most of her own clinical work as a psychiatrist has been in Nunavut, Canada. Her main goal is engaging people in mental health treatment that feels safe and culturally relevant. She does this through community participation, adapting therapies to make them culturally appropriate. She has worked at a policy level with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the national Inuit organization; with the Inuit Circumpolar Council, an international Inuit organization; and on the Reducing the Incidence of Suicide in Indigenous Groups = Strengths United through Networks initiative of the Arctic Council. Allison completed her Ph.D. in the area of physician's narrative and Inuit literature. The use of the arts continues to inform her research, educational, and clinical work.
RISING SUN: Reducing the Incidence of Suicide in Indigenous Groups - Strengths United through Networks
This webinar will provide a brief overview of findings from RISING SUN, a mental wellness initiative coordinated by the US National Institute of Mental Health under the 2015-2017 US Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. RISING SUN convened regional workshops, focus group discussions, and used a consensus-building and priority-setting activity to develop outcomes to help evaluate suicide prevention interventions among indigenous communities across the Circumpolar North.
Roberto Delgado, Ph.D.
Health Science Administrator
NIMH Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health
Dr. Delgado is trained as an anthropologist and serves as a Health Science Administrator in the Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health (ORDGMH) of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). He has coordinated RISING SUN (Reducing the Incidence of Suicide in Indigenous Groups – Strengths United through Networks), a mental wellness initiative under the 2015-2017 US Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. Dr. Delgado also supports the ORDGMH Minority Health and Health Disparities Program, serving as a Project Scientist for Cooperative Agreements on Collaborative Research Hubs to Reduce the Burden of Suicide among American Indian and Alaska Native Youth, and representing NIMH on the NIH Tribal Research Coordinating Committee, tasked with developing a Strategic Research Plan for NIH Tribal Health Research.