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 […]

Finding the way back: An aggregate investigation of 45 boys who died by suicide or homicide in Manitoba

The purposes of this special report are threefold: to advance understanding of boys who were involved in the child welfare system and who died by suicide or homicide in the last 10 years; to enable and empower First Nations boys to share their experiences walking through life; and to develop recommendations that increase the effectiveness […]

Youth for youth – a model for youth suicide prevention: Case study of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Youth Council and Secretariat

This case study describes the journey of indigenous youth in developing, implementing and evaluating a First Nations suicide prevention strategy in Manitoba. The method of analysis was based on the cultural teaching of First Nations people in Manitoba, that is, thoughts conceived within the traditional way of life by the Cree, Dakota, Dene, Ojibway and […]

“Stop giving me a number and start giving me a person”: How 22 girls illuminate the cracks in the Manitoba youth mental health and addiction system

The Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth released her report titled “Stop Giving Me a Number and Start Giving Me a Person”: How 22 Girls Illuminate the Cracks in the Manitoba Youth Mental Health and Addiction System on May 7, National Youth Mental Health Day. The report dives into lessons learned from the suicide deaths of 22 Manitoba […]

Adapting and enhancing PAX Good Behavior Game for First Nations communities: A mixed-methods study protocol developed with Swampy Cree Tribal Council communities in Manitoba

Introduction High rates of mental health problems, such as suicidal behaviours, among First Nations youth in Canada are a major public health concern. The Good Behavior Game (GBG) is a school-based intervention that provides a nurturing environment for children and has been shown to promote positive outcomes. PAX Good Behavior Game (PAX GBG) is an adaptation […]

Suicide and suicide attempts among women in the Manitoba Mothers and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder cohort: A retrospective matched analysis using linked administrative data.

Women who give birth to children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) may be at increased risk for suicide; however, there are few data in this area. The objective of this study was to compare rates of suicide between women who had given birth to children with FASD and women who had not given birth […]

An army of problem solvers: Reconciliation and the solutions economy.

Shaun Loney’s An Army of Problem Solvers offers good news at a time when we need it most.  Loney draws on his experience as one of Canada’s leading social enterprise developers and his time as a senior civil servant to offer up a new and practical vision. The problem isn’t the problems, he says.  The […]

The changing face of youth suicide in Manitoba and the narrow window for intervention: A special report by the Office of the Children’s Advocate April 2015 Manitoba.


Best practices in school-based suicide prevention: A comprehensive approach.

This guide is intended to provide a framework to help school administrators and their partners develop comprehensive planning for suicide prevention. Information and tools contained in this guide will help schools by: identifying and defining the components and principles of a comprehensive, schoolbased suicide prevention strategy based on research and best practice evidence; suggesting ways […]

The health of Manitoba tribal nations: adults 18 years and older, 2002-2003.

Report Objectives ¥ To inform Tribal Nations on the health of their Nation ¥ To inform Tribal-level and regional-level policies and programs ¥ To build capacity in the interpretation of health indicators at the Tribal level ¥ To engage Tribal Nations in discussion of potential causes of health disparities Emotional health measures also included traumatic […]

Suicide prevention: guidelines for public awareness and education activities.


Manitoba Adult Suicide Mortality Review: Risk Factors Associated With Mental Health & Substance use Disorders

This report examines suicide mortality among adults, focussing on the role of mental health & substance use disorders in the province of Manitoba &, in particular, the Winnipeg Health Region. Data from the case files of 257 suicides that occurred in 2002 & 2004 were included.

Survivor of Suicide Handbook

This booklet, adapted from the original written & published by the former Calgary Health Region, provides information for those bereaved by suicide on dealing with their grief & practical matters, such as planning a funeral & taking care of finances.

Community-Based Suicide Prevention Research in Remote On-Reserve First Nations Communities

This paper outlines the research process, key challenges, & lessons learned in a collaborative University-First Nations suicide prevention project conducted with eight north-western Manitoba First Nations communities. (56 refs.) JA

Reclaiming Hope: Manitoba’s Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy

This document is the youth suicide prevention strategy for the province of Manitoba. Elements of the strategy include: assessment & planning; mental health promotion; awareness & understanding; prevention, intervention, & postvention; & data, surveillance, research, & evaluation.

Effect of Regulatory Warnings on Antidepressant Prescription Rates, Use of Health Services and Outcomes Among Children, Adolescents and Young Adults

Data from prescription & health care databases representing more than 265,000 children, adolescents, & young adults in Manitoba were examined to determine changes in the rates of antidepressant prescription, use of health services & outcomes in the 9 years before & the 2 years after a Health Canada warning. Following the warning, the rate of […]

Influence of Lack of Full-Time Employment on Attempted Suicide in Manitoba, Canada

This study compared the relationships of unemployment, part-time work, non-labour force participation, & full-time work with attempted suicide. The research used a database of 27,446 potential labour force participants that combined information on health care utilization in Manitoba with detailed information from the 1986 census. 144 persons who attempted suicide after the census were identified. […]

Alcohol Factors in Suicide Mortality Rates in Manitoba

The impact of per capita consumption of total alcohol, spirits, beer, & wine; unemployment rate; & Alcoholics Anonymous membership rate on total, male & female suicide rates in Manitoba during 1976-1997 was examined. Time series analyses with autoregressive integrated moving average modelling were applied to total, male, & female suicide rates. Total alcohol consumption, & […]

A Framework for Suicide Prevention Planning in Manitoba

This framework was developed to assist government & community agencies in Manitoba develop plans to address suicide. Data on suicide & self-inflicted injury, a review of best practices, recommendations from inquests, & existing suicide prevention strategies were used to formulate the Manitoba framework. The framework has 5 components, each with associated goals & objectives: assessment […]

Live Through This: the Experiences of Queer Youth in Care in Manitoba


Manitoba Youth Services Manual

Social Capital and Youth Suicide Risk Factors in First Nations Communities

This paper presents a model of plausible mechanisms linking social capital to suicide risk factors among First Nations youth, informed by a study that explored the concept of social capital in First Nations communities, & by a study on mental health services in First Nations communities in Manitoba. The model incorporates several components of social […]

Childhood Injury Rates in Manitoba: Socioeconomic Influences

The authors examined rates of death & hospitalization from injury in Manitoba children, & the relationship between injury rates & region of residence, premature mortality rate, & income. They found that violence to self was the second leading cause of childhood injury deaths & the third leading cause of injury hospitalizations. They also found a […]