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Senior Health Policy Analyst
As in past years, UNBI will work with each of its twelve First Nations (Madawaska, Eel Ground, Metapeneagiag, Buctouche, Kingsclear, St. Mary's, Pabineau, Fort Folly, Woodstock, Indian Island, Oromocto and Eel River Bar), to develop their community teams and plan youth activities around suicide prevention. As you can well imagine, these are unique to each community as the community designs each aspect. Communities are encouraged to involve health professionals, educators, peace keepers and response personnel in their community teams and identify any skills/training that may be needed to strengthen their capacity. With respect to the youth activities under the NAYSPS, communities plan different gatherings for their youth.
(1) increase awareness and understanding of Aboriginal youth suicide prevention;
(2) strengthen key protective factors such as a strong sense of identity, meaning and purpose, and resilience;
(3) strengthen and facilitate collaborative approaches and linkages within and across governments, agencies and organizations;
(4) develop and implement locally-driven suicide prevention plans in First Nations and Inuit communities;
(5) improve and increase crisis response efforts to intervene more effectively in preventing suicide and suicide clusters following a suicide-related crisis in First Nations and Inuit communities; and
(6) enhance knowledge development regarding what is known about what works in preventing Aboriginal youth Suicide.