The goals of the upcoming family-based project are to test a culturally based, family-centered mental health promotion and suicide prevention program. It is a 15-session program for children ages 10-12 and their parents/ caregivers.
The program is designed to enhance psychological, social, and emotional well-being among Aboriginal youth, their families and communities. To meet these goals, representatives from each of the SC communities, our Community Facilitator, Ron Cook, and university researchers spent a day in March 2012 reviewing the Anishinabe version of the manual for this program in order to identify any issues and culturally adapt the manual.
We will look at the mental health outcomes of this program. We expect to find improved mental health for youth and families in Aboriginal communities, including reduced suicidal behaviour, less substance abuse, better school performance and psychological wellbeing.
Two or three individuals have been trained in each of the Swampy Cree communities to deliver the intervention. We will be recruiting 20 families from each community, with a child between the ages of 10-12 to participate.
Keep your eyes and ears open for announcements surrounding this project or approach our community facilitator, Ron Cook, at 204-627-1500 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.