• February under the sign of hope
Feb 19, 2018

On February 1 of each year, the FNQLHSSC highlights First Nations Wellness Day, which was designated in 2011 by the AFNQL Chiefs following the Addictions Summit. To honour the theme of the 2018 edition, “My wellness, it’s up to me and my community is actively involved!,” the FNQLHSSC offered a revamped version of the wellness wheel along with an interactive tool that suggests several activities fostering individual and collective wellness.

 

Thematic activities based on the medicine 

 

In parallel and under the theme “Talking about Suicide Saves Lives,” Suicide Prevention Week took place from February 4-10, 2018 throughout Quebec. For the occasion, the FNQLHSSC produced a video entitled “On est là pour toi / We are here for you,” aiming to engage First Nations and Inuit to increase their awareness regarding their role in suicide prevention while highlighting the importance of talking about one's suffering and difficulties with a loved one or worker.

 

Video: “On est là pour toi / We are here for you”

 

This video was viewed by nearly 15,000 Internet users and shared by more than 380 people or organizations on Facebook. Radio Canada’s Espaces autochtones platform promoted it through an interview with the FNQLHSSC’s spokesperson, Derek Montour, President of the Board of Directors. To find out more, to talk about suicide prevention with additional tools or to support your loved ones, go to commentparlerdusuicide.com (French only).

 

The tools developed by the FNQLHSSC were greatly appreciated by the First Nations members in Quebec, who used them for their activities held to mark these two events. Please don’t hesitate to do the same thing yourself and to distribute these tools in your professional and personal networks!

 

Need training?

Throughout the year, the FNQLHSSC offers various trainings on suicide prevention. A one-day workshop on community suicide prevention mobilization is available upon request in communities wishing to develop an action plan for suicide prevention. In addition, the FNQLHSSC offers the Using best practices to carry out suicide prevention interventions; adaptation for First Nations training. This training is based on proven practices and is adapted to the realities of First Nations. Sentinel training (school- and community-based) is also offered to help sentinels better identify those who are most vulnerable to suicide, make contact and ensure linkages between suicidal people and the local help resources. Since the deployment of this training in 2016, more than 125 workers have been trained in 13 communities. The trainings are offered in both French and English.

Anyone who is interested in receiving suicide prevention training is encouraged to send a request to info@cssspnql.com. For more details on the trainings or for more information on the FNQLHSSC global service offer, go to https://services.cssspnql.com/en.