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Posters that Trigger Video / Mental Health Evaluation

Non-profit promotion of health, literacy & wellness

The Healthy Aboriginal Network is pleased to release a number of exciting new resources today:
Augmented Reality Knowledge Transfer (ARKT)
Augmented reality (AR) is meant to enhance your perception of the way things actually exist. So when you install the Layar App on your Android or iPhone and point it at one of the posters we created, it triggers a video, and information, that wouldn’t usually be available to you in written format. This sort of engagement is perfect for youth. Not only because it delivers content in a format they are comfortable with, but it allows organizations to revitalize ‘stale’ or text-heavy knowledge transfer (KT) materials into something visual learners can access readily. We call this ‘new’ way to learn ARKT.
The neurological condition posters we created for the Native Women’s Association of Canada are meant to be viewed poster-size on a wall. But the video can also be triggered from a PDF. Please check out the posters on our webpage at www.thehealthyaboriginal.net/posters or on NWAC’s at www.nwac.ca/research/neurological-conditions. The whole poster must be visible on your computer screen in order to be ‘recognized’ by your Android or iPhone.

If your organization is interested in increasing its reach with youth, you need to measure its effectiveness (we can track the number of views) and you have a budget for a poster / video campaign, please email [email protected] to discuss your project ideas. ARKT posters are great for universities trying to attract youth to their programs, or museums for re-invigorating static exhibits. It’s also time we started ‘marketing’ health and social information to youth the way private companies have for decades.

Residential school comic book – AR video 

On the back of Lost Innocence, we created an augmented reality cover. The video is of Gord Williams, a survivor of the residential school system. He tells his story in a candid and insightful video. You can check it out at www.thehealthyaboriginal.net/posters.

Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) Evaluation

We have a partnership with the Opening Minds (OM) anti-stigma initiative of the MHCC. OM would like to evaluate our “Just a Story” comic book to see if it’s successful in dispelling the stigma of mental health with pre-teens. OM’s goal is to provide information to organizations (schools, First Nations, youth and parent groups) across the country as to what programs and materials are effective and beneficial to youth. “Just a Story” is about a brother and sister that have trouble relating to friends at school because of what’s going on at home. 

Opening Minds is looking for programs that have Aboriginal kids, located on or off-reserve and are interested in participating in the evaluation. The study will work best with groups that have a strong rapport with their youth, as the organization will be expected to oversee pre and post-tests without the aid of a researcher. The pre and post-tests are short and written, but they could be oral in certain circumstances. For organizations that work with youth living with mental health issues, you might want to arrange for a mental health worker to visit the community.

If you are part of an organization interested in helping to evaluate our comic book, this work could be done in August or September 2013. For more information, please contact Romie Christie, Manager of Opening Minds at [email protected]mentalhealthcommission.ca or 403-385-4034. Or contact [email protected].

We hope you continue to find us relevant to youth’s needs,

Sean Muir
Executive Director
3240 Comox Road    Courtenay , BC   V9N 3P8
Phone 250-941-8881   [email protected]
A BC incorporated non-profit Society