The Core Connectors Initiative

The proposed study evaluates The Core Connectors Initiative (CCI), a high school-based suicide prevention program designed to help youth gain peer support skills and mental health knowledge. CCI involves two phases, a 14-module training phase and an action phase. Facilitators who have backgrounds in counselling psychology or related disciplines will pilot the program in 5 high schools. CCI is based on a peer education suicide prevention program, Youth as Gatekeepers (Ohlmann, Kwee, & Lees, 2014). Through a partnership between AAF and the UBC’s Centre for Group Counselling and Trauma (CGCT), the goal is to develop an excellent and well-researched program available as a resource for high schools to systemically address mental health concerns among youth. This partnership aligns with the mandates of both organizations: CGCT is focused on advancing group counselling initiatives, while AAF aims to prevent and address mental health challenges faced by
youth by fostering healthy social connections.

Carmen Huang
Fred Chou
Faculty Supervisor: 
Marvin Westwood
British Columbia
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