Curriculum aims to prevent suicide of First Nations youth – U Windsor

by ahnationtalk on September 30, 201987 Views

According to Statistics Canada, suicide is the leading cause of death among young people. Within this demographic, First Nations youth are at a three times higher risk for attempting and completing suicide than their non-Indigenous counterparts.

A new curriculum for teachers or other professionals working with First Nations youth aims to reduce that risk.

Developed by Harvey A. McCue, a member of the Georgina Island First Nation and founding faculty member of Trent University’s Indigenous Studies Program, and G. Brent Angell, UWindsor professor emeritus and past director of the School of Social Work, the First Nations Youth Suicide Prevention Curriculum consists of 24 one-hour classroom sessions, enhanced by innovative and interactive 360-degree videos.

The curriculum is experiential and includes detailed guidelines for educators as well as all required materials for in-class activities such as group discussions, quizzes, games, and other projects that provide opportunities for each youth participant to journal their journey of health and well-being.

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