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 […]

Moving forward giving back: transformative Aboriginal adult education.

Aboriginal people who choose to improve their education as adults often face many challenges, most of which arise from the ongoing impact of colonialism and of racialized poverty. Yet in WinnipegÕs low-income inner city, a variety of innovative and effective Aboriginal adult education initiatives have emerged. Drawing upon the voices and experiences of Aboriginal adult […]

Discussion Paper for the Development of a Suicide Prevention Strategy for the Winnipeg Health Region


Personality Predictors of Outcome for Adolescents Hospitalized for Suicidal Ideation

The present study was undertaken to examine the relationship between personality dimensions & the outcome of treatment of adolescents hospitalized for suicidal ideation or behavior. 78 adolescents admitted to an adolescent psychiatric inpatient unit for suicidal ideation or attempts completed assessment questionnaires. Self-criticism was found to be associated with posttreatment hopelessness & depression. Baseline suicidal […]

Feasibility of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Suicidal Adolescent Inpatients


Self Inflicted Injuries and the Lunar Cycle: a Preliminary Report

Data on self inflicted injuries by poisoning in the Winnipeg, Canada area were compared to the lunar cycle. A statistically significant lunar periodicity was demonstrated for the females in the sample with a greater number of cases occurring during the first quarter & a smaller number occurring during the third quarter of the lunar cycle. […]

Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviours in Former Sexual Abuse Victims

The relationship between childhood sexual abuse & subsequent suicidality was examined in 195 women presenting to the crisis intervention program of a community health centre. Former sexual abuse victims were considerably more likely to have made at least 1 suicide attempt in the past & were more likely to report suicidal ideation upon intake. Among […]

Firearms Homicide, Robbery and Suicide Incidents Investigated by the Winnipeg Police Service (1995) Working Document WD1997-1e

The purpose of this research study was to inform the law enforcement community & policy makers of the type of gun incidents & firearms encountered by police. A review was undertaken of the Winnipeg Police Service’s firearm incident files, concentrating on firearm homicide, firearm robbery & firearm suicide. Information was collected on characteristics of individual […]

Desire for Death in the Terminally ill

The desire for death among 200 terminal cancer patients, its stability over time & its association with psychiatric disorders was examined. 44.5% of patients wished that death would come soon; however, only 17% of these patients acknowledged a serious & pervasive desire to die. This desire was correlated with pain, low family support, & most […]

Problem Solving, Stress, and Coping in Adolescent Suicide Attempts

This Manitoba study compares 20 adolescent suicide attempters with 20 nonpsychiatric control subjects on measures of problem solving, stress, & coping. Study results are presented. Other studies are discussed. Findings support a transactional model of adolescent suicidal behaviour, whereby inaccuracies in appraisal aspects of problem solving (but not in solution-generation aspects) in the face of […]

Students Against Suicides (SAS): a Suicide Education/Prevention Program for Adolescents

The “Students Against Suicide” (SAS) program was developed by staff & students at a Winnipeg high school with the purpose of educating all students about teen suicide. The purpose of this article is to familiarize the reader with some specifics of the program. The rationale of the program, the selection of SAS members, their training […]

The Treatment of Suicidal Attempts

Native Suicides Prompt Statistics Change

Management of Suicidal Attempts

Suicidal Attempts in Children

Psychiatric assessment & management of 22 suicidal attempts in children are reviewed. Most patients demonstrated long-standing, unrecognized disturbed mental states, usually associated with disturbed family relationships. The child’s position in sibling order appeared to be of some significance & in all cases but one, superior intelligence was present. All patients demonstrated a need for hospitalization […]

Chronically and Acutely Suicidal Persons One Month After Contact With a Crisis Intervention Centre

31 people who called a crisis intervention center in Winnipeg were interviewed one month later. At the interview, the acutely suicidal (history of stability & no previous attempts) were improved whereas the chronically suicidal (history of instability or previous attempts) were not improved. The chronically suicidal outnumbered the acutes 28-3. Alternate treatment approaches for the […]