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Aboriginal Mental Health Promotion Resources

Connecting the Dots was an innovative 3-year project funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.* The initiative sought to promote the mental health of urban** Aboriginal youth and families by bringing community partners together to address risk and protective factors influencing mental health.

The project used a model known as Communities that Care, an evidence-based system that uses a public health approach to promote health. The Communities that Care model encourages community members to come together formally, measure risk and protective factors impacting mental health, implement effective programming, evaluate outcomes, and advocate for policy change. The end goal is to reduce the risk factors and enhance protective factors identified in a particular community.

The project was led provincially by CMHA BC and the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and coordinated locally through Friendship Centres and CMHA branches in Kelowna, Port Alberni and Quesnel.

Connecting the Dots Resources

Connecting the Dots card

This card is one of the small legacies of the Connecting the Dots project and shares information about four traditional medicines and 11 tips for mental health.

Photovoice book and video

*The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada.
**”urban” in this context means off-reserve

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