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.

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Finnish Cultural Foundation

Funding amount

100 000 EUR

Project coordinator

University of Oulu

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Project description

The specific aims are to:

  1. Build awareness and understanding of the mental health and wellbeing of young Sami reindeer herders from the perspectives of herders and their families;
  2. Explore how young Sami reindeer herders’ living conditions and current challenges influence the herders’ mental health and wellbeing; and
  3. 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.

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