Gender-diverse: A spotlight on the health of trans and non-binary young people in BC. Results of the 2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey

This report provides a profile of the health of gender-diverse youth in British Columbia (BC). The report uses data from the 2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey (BC AHS). The BC AHS is the most reliable, comprehensive health
survey of adolescents ages 12–19 in public schools in BC. Repeated every five years since 1992, the[…]

Creating suicide-safer communities in British Columbia: A focused ethnography

Suicide prevention gatekeeper training is designed in order to enhance participants’ recognition of persons in distress, enhance skills in responding, and referrals to help. In response to rising suicide rates in British Columbia, Canada, two standardized gatekeeper training programs were implemented by the Canadian Mental Health Association between 2015- 2018. In order to explore their[…]

A pathway to hope: A roadmap for making mental health and addictions care better for people in British Columbia

This roadmap will build on recent work by the
Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions to identify
challenges in substance use service delivery and
explore potential solutions for modernizing models
of care, using evidence-based treatment and
recovery guidelines. And while the opioid overdose
crisis will continue to be an[…]

Hope, help, and healing: A planning toolkit for First Nations and Aboriginal communities to prevent and respond to suicide

1. The Hope, Help and Healing approach adopted in this toolkit is based on The Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Initiative for BC which combines published research findings, the experiences of other provinces, and plans developed in BC.
2. Prevention, Intervention and Postvention (PIP)1 has been adopted as a best practice for use in BC.

Nges Siy (I love you): A community-based youth suicide intervention in northern British Columbia

This youth suicide prevention research project is an example of a partnership between Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS) and the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health, that directly responds to goals of ethical research conducted in First Nations’ communities. Through the[…]

Men on losing a male to suicide: A gender analysis.

Although male suicide has received research attention, the gendered experiences of men bereaved by male suicide are poorly understood. Addressing this knowledge gap, we share findings drawn from a photovoice study of Canadian-based men who had lost a male friend, partner, or family member to suicide. Two categories depicting the men’s overall account of the[…]

BC Coroners Service Death Review Panel: Review of MCFD-Involved youth transitioning to independence January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2016.

For the period of January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2016, 1,546 youth and young adults aged 17-25 years died from causes classified as accidental, suicide, undetermined, natural or homicide. Of these deaths, 200 (13%) deaths were among youth and young adults who at age of death or at age of majority were in care, were[…]

The Cedar Project: Mortality among young Indigenous people who use drugs in British Columbia.

BACKGROUND: Young Indigenous people, particularly those involved in the child welfare system, those entrenched in substance use and those living with HIV or hepatitis C, are dying prematurely. We report mortality rates among young Indigenous people who use drugs in British Columbia and explore predictors of mortality over time.

Impact on alcohol-related mortality of a rapid rise in the density of private liquor outlets in British Columbia: A local area multi-level analysis.

Aims To study relationships between rates of alcohol-related deaths and (i) the density of liquor outlets and (ii) the proportion of liquor stores owned privately in British Columbia (BC) during a period of rapid increase in private stores. Design Multi-level regression analyses assessed the relationship between population rates of private liquor stores and alcohol-related mortality[…]

A guide to Aboriginal organizations and services in British Columbia: 2011/2012.