A community of connections: Calgary Mental Health and Addiction Community Strategy and Action Plan 2021-2023

Calgary’s Mental Health and Addiction Strategy is a community-based, cross-sector initiative that is about helping our community find hope and support for individuals and families living with mental health issues and addictions.

Association between cannabis use disorder and self- and other-directed aggression

Cannabis is the most widely used drug worldwide. Data about the association of cannabis use with aggression is heterogeneous. The objective of the current study was to assess the nature of the association between cannabis use disorder (CUD) and self-directed, other-directed, and combined aggression. We used data from the National Survey on Drug Use and […]

Campus mental health strategy: Creating a community of caring

The University of Calgary struck a Mental Health Task Force in late 2014 to develop a comprehensive strategy on mental health. A healthy settings approach, which has its roots in the World Health Organization  Health for All strategy, was used as a framework to develop recommendations. The healthy settings approach recognizes how the culture, structure […]

Calgary youth, health and the street: Final report

This is a report of a research study funded by CIHR. The study was in response to a needs assessment of youth on the streets conducted by AIDS Calgary in 1999. There was research and planning team involving many community-based groups as well as City of Calgary staff. The purpose of the Calgary Youth, Health […]

Canadian Mental Health Association Calgary region: 2021 – 2025 strategic plan

Our 2021-2025 Strategic Plan will set CMHA Calgary up for success in serving community members. As a client-focused organization, we will remain an important gateway for our clients as they navigate the complexities of their mental health journey. We will promote peer support models and reduce the stigma around mental health as we serve a […]

Reducing the incidence of suicide on transit rail systems

Along with LivingWorks and the Centre for Suicide Prevention, Calgary Transit is providing suicide awareness and prevention. training. This program provides a way to identify and get help for someone at risk of suicide. Suicide safety starts here.

FCSS Aboriginal brief: Research brief 6

This research brief is one of six originally commissioned by FCSS in 2009 and updated in 2013 to include advances in research. These research briefs are not intended to serve as program development toolkits. The purpose of the briefs is to provide guidance from the research, where it exists, to funders and organizations working to: […]

Health of the Calgary Region 2000

While the overall health status of the Calgary Region remains good and compares very favorably with other regions, there continues to be a number of areas of concern and opportunities for improvement. the most critical one is the impact that tobacco is having on the health of the region.

Health of the Calgary Region 1999

Annual progress report on the health of the population of Region 4, and on the factors that determine or influence health — a blend of the old, “smoking continues to the single, leading, preventable cause of premature morbidity and mortality” and the new, “the majority of parents encourage their children to be involved in physical […]

Health of the Calgary Region 1998

People today are taking a more active interest in their health than ever before. they are beginning to realize the influence they can have on their own health status, and on the health status of the community in which they live. God health for all is desired by everyone and seen as a high priority. […]

Health of the Calgary Region 1996

People today are taking a more active interest in their health than ever before. They are beginning to realize the influence they can have on their own health status, and on the health status of the community in which they live. Good health for all is desired by everyone and seen as a high priority. […]

The Calgary Police Service Officer’s Guide to: Dealing with emotionally disturbed behaviour (2nd ed.)

The goal of this book is to help officers to assess and intervene in the safest way possible when facing situations involving people who show signs of emotionally disturbed behaviour. This booklet will assist officers in identifying emotionally disturbed behavior; provide guidance on interacting with someone who is emotionally disturbed; establish risk management strategies for […]

Shattered dreams

A powerful and emotional exploration of the experiences of a family forced to deal with the tragedy of schizophrenia in a loved one: not once, but twice. The Martini family of Calgary lived through the turmoil of losing their youngest son Ben to Schizophrenia and eventually suicide, only to discover six years later that a […]

Indigenous policy framework for the City of Calgary.

Grounded in the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation – the document in front of you has been developed to account for historical context of the traditional territory, including the perspectives of Treaty 7 Traditional Knowledge Keepers. The first half of the framework provides the reader with the necessary historical context to comprehend the complexities and […]

Intervention to address intergenerational trauma: overcoming, resisting and preventing structural violence.


Suicide in Mental Health & Addictions Services 1999-2007


Final Report on the Development and Testing of a Suicide Checklist for use in Remand Centres

This report is the final report of a research program by the authors & correctional workers in Alberta to develop a suicide checklist. Four separate but related investigations were done & the findings are presented in this report. The first project developed a pool of clinical & historical items which could be used to discriminate […]

No-Suicide Agreements: Current Practices and Opinions in a Canadian Urban Health Region

This study determined the extent to which no-suicide agreements are used by outpatient mental health therapists in a Canadian urban health region. Therapists’ perceptions & practices surrounding their use are described. 312 therapists completed surveys. No-suicide agreements were used by 83% although 43% had no formal training in their use. Among those who had used […]

Caregiver Response After Suicide: Supporting Families, Clinicians, Staff, Co-Patients and Communities

This booklet was written to help & support caregivers after a death by suicide in Calgary Health Region facilities. Policies to support other patients affected by such a death, the family, & support staff are also outlined.

Behavioral Contagion Reconsidered: Self-Harm Among Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatients: A Five-Year Study


Risk Factors for Suicide Ideation and Attempts Among Pathological Gamblers


Hospitalizations for Acetaminophen Overdose: a Canadian Population-Based Study From 1995-2004


Suicide Bereavement Peer Support Program: Impact Assessment