Respite House evaluation report

The Centre for Suicide Prevention received funding from Alberta Health to pilot a respite centre in Fort McMurray. Respite centres are a community-based alternative to hospital care for people in suicidal crisis. Through short-term stays in a home-like environment, guests access 24/7 crisis de-escalation services, respite activities, peer support, and connection to community resources and […]

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 […]

Mobile work and mental health: A preliminary study of fly-in fly-out workers in the Alberta oil sands

he Mobile Work and Mental Health (MWMH) study provides preliminary, broad-ranging research on the wellbeing of FIFO workers in the oil sands. The project adopted a social determinants of mental health framework and a mixed-methods approach: an extensive in-person questionnaire (n=72) composed of both closed- and open-ended (objective and subjective) questions, and a set of […]

Building on values: Developing an Indigenous mental health response for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

This report provides key directions and recommendations generated by stakeholders across the sectors for supporting the mental wellbeing of Indigenous populations, and key considerations for policy and/or emergency planning during times of crisis.

Strengthening the circle: Developing an integrated model of care for mental health, substance use and violence (MSV) for Indigenous communities in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo during COVID-19 and beyond

BACKGROUND Mental health, substance use/addiction and violence (MSV) are important issues affecting the well-being of Indigenous peoples in Canada during the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic. In the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB), a northern region of Alberta, the pandemic has presented unique challenges for diverse urban and rural Indigenous communities. The region is home to […]

After the Fort McMurray wildfire there are significant increases in mental health symptoms in grade 7-12 students compared to controls

Background In order to examine the impact of disasters on adolescent mental health, this study compared population mental health survey data from two communities in Alberta, Canada: Fort McMurray, which experienced a major natural disaster, and Red Deer, which did not. Methods Data from 3070 grade 7–12 students from Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada (collected in […]

Non-Prescription Drugs can be Harmful: Information on Over-the-Counter Medication Abuse

Mighty Mouse Mats Evaluation

This pamphlet examines the placement of computer mouse pads in school computer labs that were designed to promote student awareness of the S.O.S Crisis Line phone number. This pamphlet examines an increase in grade 5-12 awareness of the phone number & the reduction of a social stigma in seeking help in times of crisis. The […]

Suicide Intervention. Together, Working Towards Wellness

This pamphlet provides a brief overview of suicide risk assessment including gathering information about a current plan, previous attempts, & resources. A list of warning signs & symptoms is also provided.

After Suicide Protocol

This protocol, printed on both the inside and outside covers of a file folder, provides an Information Tree in the event of completed suicide, a description of After-Suicide Response, Agencies, Personnel, & relevant telephone numbers. It also charts the Fort McMurray Postvention Response Continuum which identifies postvention, crisis intervention & crisis treatment actions and responsible […]

Operational Guidelines of the Critical Incident Stress Intervention Program for the City of Fort McMurray

These operational guidelines identify criteria for Critical Incident Stress Intervention (CISI); include a policy statement for Fort McMurray; detail the roles of Program Coordinator, Clinical Consultant, Facilitation Team Leaders, & Peer Support Personnel; flowchart CISI service; & provide forms for intervention requests & reports, & team member application. Information on Post-vention response is included as […]

Emotional First aid Handbook: a Guide for Individuals and Families in Northeast Alberta who are Dealing With Self-Harming Behaviour

This booklet discusses the relationship of depression & self-harm. Common causes & symptoms of depression are listed. The importance of seeking help after a family member attempts suicide is emphasized – a list of community & private agencies in Fort McMurray is provided. The final section of the booklet outlines how antidepressants work.

The Development Process of a Community Postvention Protocol (IN: The Impact of Suicide, edited by B L Mishara)

Several communites have developed integrated postvention plans on how to respond to a suicide death. This chapter discusses the process of developing a community-wide protocol in Fort McMurray, Alberta. (12 refs.)

Non Prescription Drugs can be Harmful: a Parent Flyer

This information pamphlet for parents on over-the-counter medications lists the use, dangers, & overdose symptoms for acetaminophen (Tylenol, Tempra, Panadol, 222AF) & A.S.A. (Aspirin, Entrophen, 222). It advises that chronic or acute abuse of over-the-counter medications may be linked to undiagnosed emotional problems such as depression. Fort McMurray agency telephone numbers are provided for parents […]

Suicide: how you can Help Prevent it. A Guide for School Personnel

This pamphlet provides general guidelines for teachers in assisting students who have given some indication that they are depressed or suicidal. Signs of being “at risk” may include: previous suicide attempts, talk of suicide, signs of depression, self-destructive behaviour, preoccupation with themes of death, death or loss of a loved one, dramatic changes in behaviour, […]

Suicide: how you can Help Prevent it. A Guide for Lawyers

Legal problems may often be associated with other stressors that could lead to suicidal risk. Lawyers may be the first person to become aware of their client’s “at risk” status. This pamphlet provides general guidelines for providing appropriate intervention & describes observable risk factors, eg, previous suicide attempts, talk of suicide, signs of depression, self-destructive […]

Post-Vention (After-Suicide) Protocols

This document includes an information tree, & Protocols & follow-up procedures for youth suicide, adult suicide, professional personnel suicide, cluster/multiple suicide, & homicide/suicide. Appendices include a list of care-giver resources & papers describing the development process of the community post-vention protocols, & operational guidelines of the critical incident stress interventions protocol. These protocols were developed […]

Alberta Regional Suicide Data

This kit contains rates of suicide & other data for regions of Alberta including Calgary, Cold Lake, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Grande Cache, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, and Red Deer for the period 1987 to 1992.

Development of a Community Protocol for Post-Vention

This paper describes the coordination processes involved in the initial “blue-print” design of protocols that are being developed to deal with 4 scenarios: teen, adult, professional personnel & cluster suicide. Emphasis is placed on the role of preexisting community protocols, & their impact on the current postvention document strategy. The paper also addresses the stakeholder […]

School Curricula for Suicide Prevention

2 curricula, 1 for junior-high & 1 for high-school students, are presented. Areas covered in these 40 to 80 minutes curricula include a pre-test, problem solving, community resources, suicide awareness, a true-false quiz on suicide, warning signs, what to do if someone is feeling suicidal, questions for feedback on the lessons & a suicide awareness […]

How to Listen, Understand, and Answer a cry for Help

This pamphlet details the signs of suicidal behavior, & advises how to help a suicidal person. Crisis phone lines for Grande Prairie, Fairview, Peace River, High Prairie, Slave Lake, & High Level (Alberta) are also provided. A 3-page Plains Cree/English version of this pamphlet is also available. A copy of this pamphlet which has been […]

Suicide Prevention Helpline: Growing With Grief

This kit provides information on suicide bereavement workshop for caregivers, a newspaper article on how suicide victims may have second thoughts a split-second too late, & an article on the sister of a man who committed suicide, the guilt she feels & how friends & family have abandoned her. Crisis helpline & AADAC (Alberta Alcohol […]

Suicide Prevention in the Workplace

This pamphlet discusses what a co-worker, a manager or an employee can do to help prevent suicide. Warning signs, what to do, what not to do & facts about suicide are covered. (MM)