Positive Mental Health for FNMI Youth

This study examined the effects of participation in a school-based, culturally relevant mentoring program on wellbeing among FNMI youth. Researchers found that adolescents who participated in 2 years of relationship-focused mentoring reported better mental health and more positive cultural identity than peers who did not participate in the program. Youth described intrapersonal and interpersonal growth, increased cultural knowledge and development of healthy relationships skills as benefits of program participation.

Authors: Claire Crooks, Deinera Exner-Corents, Sarah Burm, Alicia Lapointe, Debbie Chiodo

Keywords: Aboriginal youth, Mental health, Wellbeing, Cultural connectedness, Cultural identity, Culturally relevant programming, Healthy relationships 

Summary by: Caely Dunlop