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Youth Suicide Prevention Project 
(YSPP)

We recently received a grant to create and launch a Youth Suicide Prevention project across the 3C's. The Grant comes from Alberta's commitment to preventing youth suicide and improving the health and well-being of young people. This project will be a rural youth-led initiative that provides training, education, and awareness for front-line workers, families, community members and youth. The intent is for our target group to recognize the signs of an reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, and provide support to those who are struggling with mental illness, are contemplating or have attempted suicide, and/or those who are struggling with loss due to suicide.

In the first year of the project, a set of individuals will be trained as Gatekeeper training instructors, who will subsequently provide this training to youth, community members, front-line workers, teachers, parents and caregivers in the communities of Castor, Coronation, Consort, Halkirk, Brownfield, Veteran and Altario. 

In year two of the project, a peer support training program will be developed that will consist of 4-6 youth led sessions on mental health topics that aim to educate youth about mental health, reduce the stigma of mental illness, and provide them with information about resources in their community related to mental health and suicide prevention. Youth will help determine the topics and facilitate each session with the support of project staff.

 

This Project is being carried out as a partnership between The Neutral Hills Learning & Community Centre, Consort & District FCSS, Coronation and District Support Services (FCSS), and Castor & District FCSS.

We are working behind the scenes currently, but keep an eye on our social media for more updates.

If you have any questions about this project please contact our Project Manager, Jenna at nhcommunityprojects@gmail.com.

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