CANADA: Saskatchewan First Nations Group Releases Suicide Prevention Plan

June 22, 2018
News Type:  Weekly Spark, Weekly Spark News

The Epoch Times

An indigenous organization in Saskatchewan has released a suicide prevention strategy. Developed by the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, the strategy calls for an investment of resources to address high suicide rates among the province’s indigenous people. It emphasizes the importance of early childhood development, mental health care, and community-based prevention efforts that draw on local knowledge and traditional teachings. It also recommends social interventions, such as programs to foster resilience among children, provide support to parents, and reduce violence in families. According to the strategy, “Substantial reduction in the rate of death by First Nations peoples in Saskatchewan will not occur without multifaceted, targeted suicide prevention measures and fundamental and profound improvements in social and economic conditions.”

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Populations:  Racial and Ethnic Groups, American Indians and Alaska Natives
Settings:  American Indian/Alaska Native Settings
Planning and Implementing:  Culturally Based Practices