Building Healthy Communities, Brighter Futures, & NAYSPS

Together, the Brighter Futures and Building Healthy Communities Programs aim to work with communities to improve quality of life and access to culturally relevant wellness activities and services. These programs help communities to increase awareness of mental health issues, child development, healthy babies, and parenting skills. Program staff also assist and support the development of specialized community-based mental health treatment services. The Mental Wellness Coordinator (MWC) oversees all three programs listed below. Moreover, the MWC is trained in providing crisis response and trauma debriefing and carries out such activities in SERDC communities who request these services, however this service is not funded under the BF, BHC, nor NAYSPS programs.

Brighter Futures Program

The overall goal of Brighter Futures Initiative is to encourage, support and maintain the well-being of children, individuals, families and communities through a community-determined approach.  The program supports and participates in community initiatives aimed at strengthening personal and community growth. The program typically, promotes health and prevents ill-health through learning-related activities that strive to increase awareness, change attitudes, build knowledge and enhance skills. The Brighter Futures Program is comprised of 5 components: mental health, child development, parenting, healthy babies and injury prevention.

Building Healthy Communities:

The Building Healthy Communities program is designed to assist SERDC communities to develop community-based approaches to youth solvent abuse and mental health crises, the two components of the program. The Solvent Abuse component enables SERDC communities to develop local programs aimed at preventing the abuse of solvents and to intervene as needed. The Mental Health Crisis Management component is designed to complement the mental health promotion and prevention activities of the Brighter Futures program. It enables SERDC communities to respond to crises, such as suicide, as well as to heal from them. It also enables communities to receive crisis-related training, such as suicide prevention training.

National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy (NAYSPS):

The National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy (NAYSPS) was created in 2004 and is based on a review of evidence-based suicide prevention approaches and existing prevention strategies, both nationally and internationally. It was also informed by the Advisory Group on Suicide Prevention's final report, Acting on What We Know: Preventing Youth Suicide in First Nations. The Strategy incorporates the best available evidence with respect to youth suicide prevention and is focused on finding ways to reduce risk factors and promote protective factors for Aboriginal youth suicide.

The SERDC Youth Wellness Advisor also promotes wellness and provides education on youth suicide prevention in communities. This program works collaboratively with the community and other Tribal Council staff to provide debriefing for communities and community members that have experienced or are experiencing a crisis.

Carol McCorrister
Mental Wellness Coordinator
Tel: 204.956.3286