Understanding mental health is a great place to start the road to healing; therefore, we are currently working on the Weaving Métis Identity and Knowledge in Suicide Prevention Approaches project. This project is in collaboration with the University of Alberta School of Public Health and is funded by Alberta Health Services through two grants:

  • Valuing Mental Health Innovation and Integration Research Grant
  • Honoring Life Indigenous Health Program

Project Goals

  1. Gather Métis experiences, knowledge, and perspectives related to suicide
  2. Develop an MNA Life Promotion Plan

In 2019 and 2020, we held discussions with MNA governance committees from each of our six MNA regions on suicide and suicide prevention as it related to their experiences and communities. Alongside these engagements, we completed a critical scoping review of academic and grey literature* to learn more about how Indigenous knowledge has been integrated into the development, implementation, and evaluation of suicide prevention programs around the world.

MNA Life Promotion Plan

We are currently working on the MNA Life Promotion Plan, which is based on our engagements with MNA governance committee members. Suicide prevention and life promotion are interconnected. Life promotion; however, is broader than suicide prevention and can include things like health living activities.

 

The Weaving Métis Identity and Knowledge in Suicide Prevention Approaches project is funded by Alberta Health Services through two grants, including the Valuing Mental Health Innovation and Integration Research Grant and the Honoring Life Indigenous Health Program.

 

*Grey Literature is any literature that has not been published through traditional means. It is often excluded from large databases and other mainstream sources. Grey literature can also mean literature that is hard to find or has inconsistent or missing bibliographic information.