Interview with 2018 National Conference Keynote Speaker Carol Hopkins on strengths based approaches to First Nations' suicide prevention

Jul 30, 2018, 06:47 AM

Running time 21.32

At the 2018 National Suicide Prevention Conference held in Adelaide SA we were delighted to welcome Carol Hopkins , Executive Director, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, Ontario, Canada as one of our international speakers. Carol kindly talked with us following her Plenary Presentation at the conference so that those of you who couldn't be there in person could hear some of her key points and learnings.

More on Ms Hopkins below.

Carol Hopkins is the Executive Director of the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation (a division of the National Native Addictions Partnership Foundation) and is of the Lenape Nation at Moraviantown, ON.

Carol Hopkins has spent over 20 years in the field of First Nations addictions and mental health. She holds both a Masters of Social Work Degree from the University of Toronto and a degree in sacred Indigenous Knowledge, equivalent to a PhD in western based education systems.

Carol also holds a sessional faculty position in the school of social work at Kings University College at Western University.

Carol has co-chaired national initiatives known for best practice in national policy review and development, resulting in the: First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework (FNMWC), the Honouring Our Strengths: A Renewed Framework to Address Substance Use Issues Among First Nations in Canada, the Indigenous Wellness Framework, and best practice guidelines for culturally based inhalant abuse treatment. Carol has also inspired the development of the Native Wellness Assessment. In recognition of this work, Carol received the Champions of Mental Health Award 2015 for Research/Clinician, the Health Canada Innovations Award, is a member of the leadership advisory council to the Ontario Minister of Health and Long Term Care and was invited by Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott, to join the Canadian delegation to the United Nations General Assembly, Special Session on the World Drug Problem. Carol also is an invited member of the Mental Health Advisory Council to the Federal Minister of Health.


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