Illustration by Jamin Zuroski, a Namgis First Nations Artist residing in Victoria, BC
About the Big Worries Program
The We Are Indigenous: Big Worries/Fears, Parent/Caregiver Support Program is a free resource to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit families across BC, whose children aged 3–12 years are struggling with the experience of the Big Worries/Fears, or what the Western worldview calls anxiety.
You’ll learn Indigenous-centered wellness practices and strategies to help your child increase their skills and Strong-Spiritedness, in order to push back against the Big Worries/Fears.
Through a series of short online videos, supported by 7 weekly or bi-weekly coaching sessions by phone, you’ll discuss what you are already doing that helps, new program practices, and how to use them with your children to work through the challenges of the Big Worries/Fears together.
This program is grounded in Indigenous perspectives and the materials were developed with the leadership and guidance of the Indigenous advisory group, Caring in All Directions.
The program is available at no cost to Parents/Caregivers across BC, through referral from a physician, nurse practitioner, teacher or school counsellor, Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH) clinician or Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health (ACYMH) clinician.
• Read the background research report, We Are Your Children, We Are Your Future.
Program funding provided by the Province of British Columbia.
About the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is a national charity that promotes mental health for all. CMHA responds to the unique needs of each community through experience and expertise on community-based services and supports. CMHA BC provides advocacy, programs and resources that help to promote mental health, support recovery and resilience, and enable all in British Columbia to flourish and thrive.
Learn more at www.cmha.bc.ca