Please welcome our new Sami friends from Norway and Sweden!  We share much in common with Sami, and Sami also have much to teach us about Indigenizing mental health from their cultural knowledge base.

At IIMHL 2018 in Stockholm – Simon Issát Marainen, Sami, stood up for the first time in a national or international event to open in protocol.  Simon called attention to the urgent need for suicide prevention supports based in culture, and then shared a joik, a traditional Sami song for us.  The Wharerātā Group is so honoured to advocate for Indigenous inclusion and voice, and to share in this historic moment!

The Wharerātā Group met over the IIMHL 2018 in the last week of May and first week of June, hosted by Sami and SANKS.  The WWharerara 2018 minutes includes the Leadership Exchange notes, tours of SANKS facilities, IIMHL 2018, and the Wharerātā business meeting proceedings.

Please plan to join us for IIMHL 2019 in Washington, D.C. on September 9-13.