The Centre for Suicide Prevention has been awarded 1st prize, $25,000, in the Blue Sky: Aboriginal Health Initiatives Challenge! We are so grateful to MNP for creating this great opportunity, as well as to the panelists, Tyler White of Siksika Health , Marion Crowe of the First Nations Health Managers Association, Stephanie Carroll Rainie of the University of Arizona, and Laurel Wood from MNP.
CSP Executive Director Mara Grunau with Marion Crowe, FNHMHA and Clayton Norris, VP of Aboriginal Services, MNP.
MNP challenged people to come up with an original idea that would improve health and wellness outcomes for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities. CSP submitted a proposal to train more trainers in our recently developed Walk With Me: Aboriginal Suicide Bereavement workshop. Some Aboriginal communities experience very high rates of suicide, and before any rebuilding or prevention work can occur, an active grieving process must be facilitated. People must be given an opportunity to heal, and Walk With Me offers that opportunity.
CSP will use the prize money of $25,000 to train more trainers to deliver this workshop across Canada, as we currently have just one trainer.