Did You Know?

First Nations youth die by suicide about five to six times more often than non-Aboriginal youth. The suicide rates for Inuit are among the highest in the world, at 11 times the national average, and for young Inuit men the rates are 28 times higher (S2)

About Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind. The psychological field is made up of clinicians, academics, and researchers. As practitioners, psychologists and psychological associates use their expertise to study thoughts, feelings, attitudes and relationships in order to understand behavior. Psychologists improve health, and help people manage the challenges of daily life, by preventing and relieving psychological distress and promoting well-being. Psychologists are the health care professionals with the highest level of training in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems and cognitive disorders.

Psychologists and psychological associates play important roles in many areas of society. You can find them in private practice and in publicly-funded services such as:

  • Health care (primary care, post-injury rehabilitation, acute care and chronic care hospitals and long-term care facilities)
  • Health promotion (prevention, home and community-based care, long-term care)
  • Human resources, business and industry
  • Education (grade school, high school and universities)
  • Government and research organizations
  • Military (active duty and veterans)
  • Justice System
  • Corrections and community safety (police and other first responders)

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