Nges Siy (I love you): A community-based youth suicide intervention in northern British Columbia

  • Henry G. Harder
  • Travis Holyk
  • Virginia L. Russell
  • Tammy Klassen-Ross
Keywords: Community-based intervention, youth suicide, cultural continuity, First Nations, mental wellness, mental health, suicide prevention


This youth suicide prevention research project is an example of a partnership between Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS) and the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health, that directly responds to goals of ethical research conducted in First Nations’ communities. Through the use of mixed methods, the project investigated the effectiveness of community-based interventions in preventing suicide and tracked youth self-esteem, depression, and other indicators over the course of the project. The knowledge gained from this research project will help guide CSFS and its member communities in offering programs and services that will assist in reducing incidence of suicide. 

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