About

This project seeks to archive and document Inuit accounts of mental health and wellness, and grows out of the recognition that tradition and story remain a potential source of strength and resilience that can be renewed.

Story can also provide a bridge for cross-cultural understanding and connection.

The other resources on this site are for healthcare providers and students who may be new to northern history and Inuit culture.

About Me:
My name is Allison Crawford and I am a Psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, where I am the Medical Director for the Northern Psychiatric Outreach Program and Telepsychiatry. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.

I lived in Iqaluit, Nunavut from 2009-2011. I continue to work in Nunavut, across the Qikiqtaaluk (Baffin) region as a Consultant Psychiatrist, which I began doing in 2005.

I began this project as an attempt to balance biomedical psychiatric perspectives on mental health in the north and in Inuit communities. It ties in with my interest in the role of narrative and the humanities in healthcare, which I am pursuing through a PhD in English at the University of Toronto.

This work has been generously supported by…