This pilot project tackled growing psychosocial problems and high suicide rates in Nunavik by housing, supporting, and employing people suffering from severe and chronic mental health problems who might otherwise be sent to Montreal. The project’s integrated approach built on pre-implementation work: preparing communities, spelling out objectives and procedures, and clarifying accountability. During the nine months of the centre’s operation, 12 clients were served and achieved greater independence. The majority managed to deal effectively with their addictions problems; only one client was hospitalized during the program. As a result of this project, there is now a new resource in Inukjuak, and the study concludes that the materials developed by the project might be useful in other isolated communities.
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.