Understanding the experience of mental health and wellbeing of young Sami reindeer herders in Finland using arts-based methods
The overall purpose of this study is to understand and enhance the mental health and well-being of young Sami reindeer herders.
Finnish Cultural Foundation
100 000 EUR
University of Oulu
The specific aims are to:
- Build awareness and understanding of the mental health and wellbeing of young Sami reindeer herders from the perspectives of herders and their families;
- Explore how young Sami reindeer herders’ living conditions and current challenges influence the herders’ mental health and wellbeing; and
- Identify recommendations/solutions to current and new services and programs that can support young Sami reindeer herders’ mental health and well-being.
This is a mixed methods study, with the emphasis on qualitative and art-based research methods. The research group consists of international researchers, representing members from University of Manitoba / Canada, University of Oulu / Finland and Sami researchers from Lapland / Finland. This study will be completed in collaboration with SamiSoster ry, Finland and municipality of Utjsoki, Finland.
Drs. Ulla Timlin, Heidi Eriksen and prof. Arja Rautio are working in the project.