keynote speaker Per Henrik Bergkvist

Per Henrik ”Piere” Bergkvist
Jovnevaerie Sámi reindeer herding community, Sweden

Breaking the Silence – Suicide Prevention through Storytelling among Indigenous Sámi

Mr Bergkvist was born and raised in Jovnevaerie Sámi reindeer herding community in Jämtland county, South Sámi area in Sweden. Regardless of his young age (born in 1977) he has already worked successfully as a herder for more than 20 years now, during which he has experienced both the struggles and joys of life as a herder.

During several years he has been sharing his very personal story of struggles with suicidal ideation and the way through them, aiming to be of help to his younger colleagues. He has talked in numerous local, regional, national and international contexts, including suicide prevention seminars for young Sámi herders, research workshops on suicide prevention and, as key-note speaker, at the 5th World Reindeer Herders Congress in Aoluguya, China.