National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy (NAYSPS) Program
The National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy (NAYSPS) is a federal program funded by Health Canada.
NAYSPS encourages and supports the well-being of youth and families through a community-based approach to suicide prevention by increasing awareness and understanding of suicide among Inuit youth and by helping to create healthy communities in which Nunavummiut can thrive.
Programs and Funding
Any community group or organization can apply for funding, but all requests for funding must show involvement and support by Inuit.
Projects eligible for NAYSPS funding include:
- Long-term suicide awareness and prevention programming
- Programs based in Inuit culture and tradition
- Training and education for health and wellness workers
- The development of reusable suicide prevention resources
- Crisis response management
- Mental health training
Preference will be given to proposals that directly address suicide prevention.
The following items are not eligible for NAYSPS funding:
- Equipment and furniture purchases over $1,000 per project
- Travel for sports or religious events
- Prizes for events or draws
- Elite sports
Previously Funded Programs
Under the updated 2010-11 project guidelines, NAYSPS funded two Applied Suicide Prevention Skills Training (ASIST) projects.
NAYSPS also supported the staff wages of a program that offered skills training, peer support groups, counseling and suicide awareness education to at-risk youth.
Below is a form that will help you set up a NAYSPS project.
For more information on NAYSPS programs or funding, contact the Territorial Wellness Programs Coordinator at the following address:
Territorial Wellness Programs Coordinator