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The Life Promotion Project is a 3 year pilot project that is being funded by the National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy (NAYSPS), Health Canada to 2015.  A collaboration between the Union of Ontario Indians (UOI), the Association of Iroquois & Allied Indians (AIAI) and NAN, the project is being administered by NAN and targets 96 First Nation communities.

There are 3 main focus areas for the current fiscal year (i.e. 2013-2014):

  1. Training for Community Support Workers
  2. Training for Youth
  3. Media Awareness Campaign

Community support workers who work with youth will be trained in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and safeTALK©.  As trained safeTALK© facilitators, they will provide a protective factor for the youth participating in the youth targeted stream of the Life Promotion Project, and will also be a suicide first aid resource for the community on an ongoing basis.

Over the next few months, 3 separate training sessions for youth will be held (likely in Thunder Bay, Sudbury & London).  32 youth will be recruited to attend each 2 day session which will consist of workshops in safeTALK© and Photovoice.  safeTALK© is a training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to first aid resources.  Photovoice will introduce youth to “participatory photography” which is a photojournalistic approach to photography for the purpose of telling a story or communicating a message.  The basics of photography and how to use a camera will be taught, as well as self-development and making their voices heard.

A media campaign that promotes the project and suicide prevention is currently under development.  

Please visit the following link for more information: http://www.nan.on.ca/article/life-promotion-project--851.asp

 

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