Project Spotlight: Thunderbird Partnership Foundation

Building sustainability for a national-reaching virtual mental wellness and addictions resource program for First Nations Communities

Supporting a continuum of mental wellness and addictions services for First Nations communities

WHO

Adults, youth, and families at First Nations addictions treatment centres

WHAT

Objectives

  • Increase access to pre-treatment and aftercare services for substance abuse and addictions
  • Compliment in-person mental wellness and addictions services
  • Serve as a method of harm reduction

HOW

Develop BIRCH (Bundle of Interventions, Resources, and Culture Hub) -a hub of virtual mental wellness and addictions resources designed to be culturally relevant for First Nations communities. BIRCH will offer:

  • Self-guided content and resources curated for adults, youth, and families at First Nations addictions treatment centres
  • An internal resource hub to support staff at First Nations addictions treatment centres

WHERE

Settings

  • First Nations addictions treatment centres

Implementation sites

  • Online

WHY

  • The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted access to care for substance use and addictions, increasing the risk of harm along with rates of overdose and death
  • Although many treatment centres have resumed in-person services, there is still a need for accessible care before and after treatment

 

Key protective factors

  • Access to health and support services
  • Supportive relationships in the community
  • Cultural connectedness and identity
  • Coping and resiliency

Key approaches

  • Indigenous Knowledge and Culture as foundation Strengths-based
  • Non-stigmatizing

 

Websites

thunderbirdpf.org
Culture for Life for Youth
Wise Practices for Communities

 

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Email

Kate Turner