Teachings around self-care and medicine gathering in Manitoulin Island, Ontario: Rebuilding capacity begins with youth.

Aboriginal community leaders and health researchers in Canada have recently looked to self-determination, self-governance, and capacity building as solutions to reducing the gap in health disparities particularly among youth. Yet little research has investigated how the promotion of autonomy and self-determination through self-care could directly contribute to improved health and wellbeing. This paper examines how […]

Rural Suicide Prevention

Native suicide prevention in rural settings is discussed. Factors that contribute to suicidality are depression, hopelessness, intentionality, a history of self-destructive behavior, isolation, & alcohol/drug abuse. Crisis intervention & its principles are listed (e.g. assess risk, get support for the person). The suicide prevention program of an alcoholism treatment center is described in detail. Prevention […]

Development of a Native Youth Survey to Assist Suicide Prevention

D. Manitowabi presented an overview of the Youth Needs Survey conducted by the Mental Health Program on Manitoulin Island. This survey was undertaken in response to a large number of suicides that the community had been left in crisis. Community workers are now involved in community and family development.

The Wikwemikong Youth Survey 1989

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The Wikwemikong Youth Survey Executive Summary

This booklet is a summary and recommendation of the initial Youth Survey carried out by the Wikemikong. It looks at the following issues: demographics, community, self-esteem and emotional well being, family and friends, education, career planning, culture, health, substance use, tobacco use, recreational activities, and utilization of services.