Thunderbird advocates for life promotion by supporting and shaping wholistic wellness in First Nations communities. Life promotion shares insight into suicide prevention, and the trauma of suicide while cultivating an attitude towards living life.
Life promotion sets a foundation for mental wellness for the next seven generations through Hope, Belonging, Meaning, and Purpose.
How Thunderbird supports Life Promotion
- Leads with Indigenous ways of knowing and being
- Emphasizes culture-based interventions
- Focuses on community level-factors and the Indigenous social determinants of health
- Strength-based since it works to enhance protective factors
- Centred on the whole person perspective to promote wholistic wellness and foster a sense of Hope, Belonging, Meaning and Purpose
A comprehensive approach should include both.
- Focuses just on the individual and does not account for community level factors that contribute to suicide
- Emphasizes Western treatment interventions, such as counselling, psychotherapy etc.
- Deficit-based, focuses on personal shortfalls of individuals
- On its own, it is not enough to lower suicide rates in First Nations communities
Life Promotion Toolkit
Thunderbird’s Life Promotion Toolkit was released at the World Indigenous Suicide Prevention Conference in August 2021. The toolkit delivers what youth have long called for– information aimed at promoting life rather than focusing on preventing death.
To arrange a youth presentation of the Life Promotion toolkit, contact us at email@example.com.