- Mary Deleary, Training & Education Manager, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, Bothwell, Ontario
Developed in partnership with First Nations, the First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework (the Framework) presents a shared vision for the future of First Nations mental wellness programs and services and practical steps towards achieving that vision. A response to the mental health and substance use issues that continue to be a priority concern for many First Nations communities, the Framework’s overarching goal is to improve mental wellness outcomes for First Nations. On the one hand, the Framework is designed to strengthen federal mental wellness programming and support appropriate integration between federal, provincial, and territorial programs. It describes how programs can communicate better and work more effectively together within a comprehensive mental wellness system for First Nations. The Framework establishes a continuum of care that forms the basis for this system. On the other hand, the Framework provides guidance to communities to adapt, optimize, and realign their mental wellness programs and services based on their own priorities.
- Increased knowledge of the FNMWC jointly developed by AFN, Health Canada, and Indigenous mental health leaders with NAAPF ( Thunderbird Partnership)
- Increased knowledge of how the Framework can be used to help guide the design of mental wellness programming that meets First Nation community needs
- Increased knowledge about the importance of collaboration and partnership with First Nations to strengthen coordination and effectiveness of mental