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A Person First: a workshop to help teens support friends with mental problems
Debra G. Edzerza (author)Willow Brown (Thesis advisor)University of Northern British Columbia (Degree granting institution)
Master of Education (MEd)
Number of pages in document: 36
The author of this study, a First Nations teacher, has designed a culturally sensitive workshop for northern youth addressing mental health concerns. The ten hour workshop, entitled A Person First!, will encourage youth to consider the harmful impact of stigma on people who have mental health issues. The need for a workshop that appeals specifically to First Nations youth is evident in Yukon and in other northern communities, currently there is a lack of culturally relevant workshops that addresses mental health issues in remote northern communities. A Person First! Is geared towards First Nations learners and will be presented n the context of the cultural beliefs systems within their own communities. The author has presented a leader's guide for local facilitators that includes instructions for the use of video clips, circle discussions, and a self-reflection tool based on the Medicine Wheel. The workshop design, supported by research, recommends community education to promote youth resilience through stigmas reduction and peer support. As community-based education, this workshop was designed to stimulate transformative change in youth thinking and behavior so that peers experiencing mental health issues will experience a supportive environment.
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