First Nations of Alberta injury comparison

The Injury Prevention Centre created this report based on the fundamental principle that effective injury prevention requires knowledge of the frequency and nature of injury incidents. This report examines injury-related deaths, hospital admissions, and emergency department visits of Alberta First Nations  residents compared to matched Alberta non-First Nations residents. It then provides an in-depth analysis […]

An interrupted time series evaluation of the effect of cannabis legalization on intentional self-harm in two Canadian provinces: Ontario and Alberta

Introduction: Despite the association between cannabis use and higher prevalence of suicidal ideation and attempt, the effect of cannabis legalization and regulation in Canada on intentional self-harm has not been determined. Methods: We used an interrupted time series of population-based rates of emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations for intentional self-harm per 100 000 in Ontario and […]

Toward an Alberta model of wellness: Recommendations from the Alberta Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Council

Outlines the recommendations of the Alberta Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Council, which was appointed in November 2019 to provide recommendations to improve access to recovery-oriented care and better support Albertans who need help to get on their path to recovery.

Prevalence and characteristics of anti-Indigenous bias among Albertan physicians: A cross-sectional survey and framework analysis

Objective Recent deaths of Indigenous patients in the Canadian healthcare system have been attributed to structural and interpersonal racism. Experiences of interpersonal racism by Indigenous physicians and patients have been well characterised, but the source of this interpersonal bias has not been as well studied. The aim of this study was to describe the prevalence of […]

Metis Nation of Alberta Life Promotion Guide: Weaving together Metis knowledge and practice

This life promotion guide is meant to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of programming that connects young people to life. While this guide is designed specifically to support programs offered by the  Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA), this guide may support others wishing to promote life, including community members or other stakeholders. This guide […]

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 […]

The epidemiology of suicide in Alberta

Goal: Evidence to optimize suicide prevention. 1. Descriptive Epidemiology (Time, Sex, Age, Geography) 2. Analytic Epidemiology (Other Risk Factors) 3. Prioritizing, Planning and Evaluation (Optimization)

Farmer mental health: A recovery-oriented approach to support Alberta farmers for a sustainable future

Alberta is among Canada’s most productive agricultural economies contributing approximately $9.68 billion to the provincial economy in 2020. In fact, Alberta’s agriculture industry is a key driver of economic recovery in a post-COVID world. However, farmers face a range of occupational stressors unlike individuals in any other industry: unpredictable weather, volatile markets, animal-disease outbreaks, depopulation, […]

Examination of the geographic parameters of suicide: A historical comparison study of Ontario and Alberta

Within Canada, suicide rates vary by province which may be attributed to several factors which have been studied. A longitudinal study examining social factors such as birth, divorce and marriage rates from 1950 to1990 found a positive correlation between divorce rates and suicide rates and “a negative association between birth rates and suicide rates”. Other […]

An overview of factors related to suicide and of suicide intervention programs in Alberta

This report provides a synthesis of the most recent statistical data and research on youth suicide. Promising programs, practices and current training models are reviewed as well as leading practices in suicide intervention, prevention and postvention. Rates and risk factors of suicide in Canada, and more specifically Alberta are cited. Interview with Canadian experts in […]

Exploring Métis health, spirituality and well-being: a patient-oriented community-based qualitative study with the Métis Nation of Alberta – Region 3

Background: There is a lack of Métis-guided participatory research on factors that contribute to individual, family and community well-being, such as developing social support and engaging in cultural, social and historical processes for healing and health. The purpose of this study was to explore links among health, spirituality and well-being within the Métis Nation of Alberta […]

Cost of injuries in Alberta, 2017

Injuries are the leading cause of death for Albertans one to 44 years of age and claim the lives of more children than all other causes. The costs of injuries to children, seniors, families, our health care system and to society is staggering. The Injury Prevention Centre is pleased to publish Economic Cost of Injuries […]

Child and youth well-being review: Final report

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of every Albertan. It is the greatest public health crisis we have faced in more than a generation. This report outlines how the experience of the pandemic and the efforts to stay safe from the virus have affected children and youth in Alberta. A panel of experts was […]

A guide to Aboriginal organizations in Alberta

Listing of First Nation, Metis and Aboriginal organizations and services in Alberta. Also included are national and umbrella organizations with offices located elsewhere. Listings are restricted to not-for-profit organizations and services.

Deaths of women during pregnancy, childbirth and within one year after pregnancy: Alberta, 1998-2011

The Maternal Mortality Working Group of the Provincial Perinatal Quality Assurance Subcommittee was established to complete a quality assurance review of deaths of women during pregnancy, childbirth and up to one year after pregnancy. The data is reported for all causes of deaths which include: maternal deaths (direct and indirect obstetric), late maternal deaths and […]

Mental health needs of Albertans: Select factors and findings December 2007

The main purpose of this document is to provide extensive information on factors related to the mental health needs of Albertans. The report tries to answer the following mental health needs related questions: What factors affect the mental health of Albertans? How many Albertans receive mental health services? What are the most common types of […]

Healing the whole human being: Realist review of best practices and contextual factors for preventing & treating opioid misuse in Indigenous contexts in Alberta

Key Messages • Colonization and resulting traumas directly impact addictions & mental health among Indigenous people, perpetuating stigma, misinformation & mistrust around accessing addictions services • Improving coordination between all levels of healthcare (e.g., primary/tertiary) and service domains (e.g., residential treatment, incarceration to community & vice versa) is key to sustained treatment outcomes Implications • […]

COVID-19 experiences and impact survey: Voices of Albertans, May-June 2020

In 2020, the Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) surveyed Albertans on public health measures, health system access as well as the support available to stay informed, well, and protected during the pandemic. Feedback was used to better understand how Alberta has responded during this global pandemic, and has helped to identify areas of success and […]

Well-being and resiliency: The miyo resource kâ-nâkatohkêhk miyo-ohpikinawâwasowin

The miyo resource discusses foundational beliefs and approaches of Indigenous peoples to promote well-being and resiliency and outlines an evaluative process that honours an Indigenous worldview. This resource supports provincial implementation of the Well-Being and Resiliency Framework by outlining an evaluative framework that recognizes culturally-based practice and assesses program effectiveness and the achievement of outcomes […]

Family members’ perspectives on family and social support available to suicidal patients, and health systems’ interactions and responses to suicide cases in Alberta: Protocol for a quantitative research study

Background: Suicide is a major cause of preventable death globally and a leading cause of death by injury in Canada. To support people who experience suicidal thoughts and behaviors and to ultimately prevent people from dying by suicide, it is important to understand individual and familial experiences with the health care system. Objective: We present the protocol […]

Guide to Indigenous organizations and services in Alberta

Listing of First Nation, Metis and Aboriginal organizations and services in Alberta. Also included are national and umbrella organizations with offices located elsewhere. Listings are restricted to not-for-profit organizations and services.

Pathways to hope: Best practices in suicide prevention for Alberta schools

While this resource provides information and strategies for building a comprehensive suicide strategy in schools, it is also recognized that each school authority, school and community is unique. As a result, it is anticipated that the way in which the information in this resource is implemented will vary and will reflect local needs, as well […]

Making mental health matter in Alberta: Election 2019 toolkit

In Alberta, 6% (estimated) of the provincial health budget is spent on mental health and addictions. There is some variability on how this number is calculated; however, current spending by the Government of Alberta is not in line with other jurisdictions and must be increased. Chronic underfunding of mental health care is creating an environment […]