Depression, Suicide and Aboriginal Peoples

Honouring Life Network:  http://www.honouringlife.ca/

The Honouring Life Network is a project of the National Aboriginal Health Organization. The Web site offers culturally relevant information and resources on suicide prevention to help Aboriginal youth and youth workers dealing with a problem that has reached crisis proportions in some First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities in Canada.

In addition to providing a place for Aboriginal youth to read about others dealing with similar issues, the site allows for those working with Aboriginal youth to connect, discuss and share suicide prevention resources and strategies. The site’s directory of suicide prevention resources is updated on a regular basis with the hopes of providing Aboriginal communities with a comprehensive inventory of suicide prevention materials.

The website is designed to allow for sharing of resources between youth and youth workers to ensure the best possible information is made available to First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.

Funded by Health Canada, the Web site stemmed from a joint working group of the Indian Health Services in the United States and the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada.

The National Aboriginal Health Organization is an Aboriginal-designed and -controlled body committed to influencing and advancing the health and well-being of Aboriginal Peoples through knowledge-based strategies.

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