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Supports for Youth Substance Use Prevention Program

Updated: May 14

CCBR will engage with federation members and folks with lived experience in rural and northern communities across Canada to identify gaps in the provision of mental health and substance use health services, from March-September 2024. The work will be guided by a Steering Committee composed of people living and working in rural areas and the north. Findings will support the creation of a rural and remote mental health strategy led by CMHA.


The Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR) is going to start a one-year collaboration with the Knowledge Development and Exchange (KDE) Hub to support the Youth Substance Use Prevention Program (YSUPP) through co-development of tools and resources for community-based research and strategic community-based evaluation approaches. KDE Hub is a knowledge partner for Public Health Agency of Canada's Youth Substance Use Prevention Program (YSUPP). 

The YSUPP uses a collaborative approach to build protective factors that promote overall health and well-being and prevent substance use harms among youth. The program is based on the Icelandic Prevention Model (IPM), which is recognized internationally for its collaborative approach to preventing substance use harms among youth. The YSUPP aims to build capacity in communities to implement an upstream youth substance use prevention model that follows the guiding principles and key steps of the IPM, support the Canadian implementation of the IPM and support the subsequent knowledge development and exchange based on the evaluation of the IPM in the Canadian context. The KDE Hub serves the YSUPP by building the capacity of community-based projects, leading a pan-Canadian Community of Practice, developing a partnership with Planet Youth and capturing the Canadian experience and adoption of the IPM. 

In support of the KDE Hub and the YSUPP, the CCBR will co-develop support around community-based research and strategic evaluation approaches including community-driven and participatory methods for preventing youth substance use. 



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