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 […]

Protocol Survey 1993/94

The primary purpose of this survey was to gather baseline data in several areas. Community agencies in southwest Alberta were surveyed. With regard to protocol development, questions asked included: did the protocols increase community coordination for more effective referral of clients; did protocols identify gaps in services & help to determine which agency could best […]

Suicide Prevention: 2000 & Beyond. A Conference for Professionals, Community Members, and Individuals Affected by a Suicide or Suicide Attempt

This booklet presents information on a conference held in Lethbridge, Alberta in May 2000 on suicide prevention. A brief description of the sessions held at the conference is provided. Some articles are also included.

Cooperative Integration Community Development Model: Using Suicide Prevention in Rural Communities as an Operational Example

This paper discusses the necessary components of the COIN (COoperative INtegration) Model developed by the author & outlines how its strategies were utilized to effectively respond to a number of suicide attempts in a school system. The 10 steps of the model are described. Certain underlying factors which must be understood in order to effectively […]

Sharing our Loss: Self-Help Support Group for Families & Friends Bereaved by Suicide

This pamphlet provides information about a bereavement support group in Lethbridge, Alberta. The philosophy, format, leadership style, meeting place & times, & contact people are outlined. Three stages of suicide bereavement – numbness & shock, loss & disorganization, & acceptance & reorganization, are briefly discussed. A short poem, “Sharing the Grief” is printed on the […]

Suicide-Related Articles and Papers; a Catalogue of Items in the Menno Boldt Collection at the Suicide Prevention Society of The Samaritans of Southern Alberta, Lethbridge, Alberta.

Factors Affecting the Acceptability of Assisted Suicide

Suicide Prevention Unit

A teaching unit on suicide aimed at grade nine Alberta students.

Report on Attempted Suicide 1995/1996 for Southwest Alberta

Suicide Prevention in Canada

This article provides a snapshot of The Samaritans of Southern Alberta, (the only Canadian member organization of Befrienders International), against a backdrop of other suicide prevention activities in Alberta. Samaritan program activities, volunteer issues and collaboration with other community agencies are discussed. The benefits of implementing a series of limitations on specific chronic telephone callers […]

Evaluating a Mobile Crisis Intervention Program: What is the Process?

The Crisis Intervention & Community Support Program (CICSP) of Lethbridge evaluated program effectiveness using referral follow-ups, client surveys & tracking the rates of hospitalizations. The Goal Attainment Follow-up Guide (GAFG) & the Brief Derogatis Psychiatric Rating Scale (B-DPRS) were used to measure movement toward or away from the identified goals. In addition, satisfaction surveys were […]

Southwest Agency Survey

The purpose of this survey of southwest Alberta was to improve access to & availability of appropriate services for vulnerable persons. The survey was designed to measure how the Suicide Prevention Program for southwest Alberta is viewed & to what extent it is known. 168 agencies were surveyed (from a list of agencies surveyed by […]

Suicide Prevention and Intervention Protocol

Alberta Mental Health Services’ response to a referral of a potentially suicidal client is given. The referral source is asked to give information on the client. If the client agrees to counseling, treatment is provided. If services are refused, nothing more is done. Clients are assessed for degree of risk; if they are unwilling & […]

Repeat Callers and the Samaritan Telephone Crisis Line – a Canadian Experience

Repeat callers represent a major challenge to crisis lines, from both organizational & volunteer perspectives. This article examines the problem & characteristics of repeat callers & reports on development & implementation of a policy by the Samaritan branch in Southern Alberta to restrict repeat callers. Analysis of operations 5 months after policy implementation showed that […]

The Samaritans of Southern Alberta

This program brochure from the Samaritans of Southern Alberta outlines who the Samaritans are, who calls their service, how crisis line volunteers are trained, the responsibilities of volunteers, how the program is funded, & how the Samaritans work in the community. The seven principles & seven practices of Befrienders International are listed in point form.

School Survey 1993/94: Review of Risk Assessment and Intervention Skills

This documents presents the key results of a survey of southwestern Alberta school staff who answered questions on knowledge about suicide & awareness of training opportunities. 4 recommendations concerning staff training in suicide prevention are offered. Appendices include the paper, “Comprehensive Youth Suicide in Alberta: a Model for Understanding”, the questionnaire & full results for […]

CISP Subcommittee: Protocol Meeting, February 2, 1994

This kit on the CISP (Community Interagency Suicide Prevention) outlines Council activities for 1994/95, identifies key front-line agencies, a team concept flow chart, standard definitions of suicide risk assessment, local resources for the Peigan Nation, & includes reports of the Marketing & the Protocol Development Sub-committees. The steps in protocol development (agency mandate & procedures […]

The Suicide Prevention Society of the Samaritans of Southern Alberta: Training Manual

This manual prepares new volunteers for situations they are likely to encounter & promotes a heightened self-awareness of their own attitudes. Training sessions include: befriending, listening skills & face-to-face meetings; depression, mental illness & grief; suicide prevention & suicide bereavement; addictions & referrals; family violence & abuse; sexuality issues, sex callers, manipulative callers, unhelpable & […]

Suicide Bereavement Training Manual

This training manual for volunteers to the Suicide Beravement Outreach Program is intended to guide their understanding of the bereaved & provide the necessary skills to facilitate the grieving process. Chapters cover program mandate, job procedures, suicide facts & statistics, the aftermath of suicide, suicide risk assessment, interviewing skills, care for the volunteer, resource lists, […]

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.

Suicide Awareness Presentation Manual. A Presenter’s Guide

This book is for volunteers who will make presentations to community groups to promote an awareness of suicide & thus improve suicide prevention, intervention, & postvention services. The book introduces the Lethbridge Family Services, outlines the history & mandate of the Suicide Prevention Program, outlines job-related procedures, & discusses presentation skills. The primary section provides […]

Cluster Suicide in Rural Western Canada

This paper focuses on a series of adolescent suicides in a rural community in Western Canada between December 1989 & June 1990. Risk factors & recent epidemiological data on cluster suicide are reviewed. The circumstances of the 5 suicides are then discussed, & the question of whether or not this was a cluster suicide is […]

“To Live is to Die”

Describes the suicide of a youth whose mother suspects a Satanic cult may be a factor in the death.