The NAYSPS goal is to develop a national approach to Aboriginal youth suicide prevention that will increase protective (preventive) factors such as resiliency and reduce the risk factor associated with suicide.
The objectives may be achieved by:
- Increasing awareness and understanding of Aboriginal youth suicide precention
- Strengthening key protective factors such as a strong sense of indentity, meaning and purpose and resilience
- Strengthening and facilitating collaborative approaches and linkages within and across governments, agencies and organizations
- Developing and implementing locally-driven suicide prevention plans in the First Nation community
- Improving and increasing crisis reponse efforts to intervene more effectively in preventing suicide and suicide clusters following a suicide-related crisis in the First Nation community
- Enhancing knowledge development regarding what is known about what works in preventing Aboriginal youth suicicde.
The NAYSPS program is funded by FNIH (First Nation Inuit Health) on a yearly basis and is dependent upon available funding.