This summary provides an overview of the extent & nature of injuries in the Northwest Territories. Injuries are compared to other causes of death & to hospitalization. Mortality & hospitalization rates for unintentional & intentional injuries (including suicide) are compared with Canadian rates. The profile also presents trends in intentional & unintentional injury rates over […]
Published in “Back to the Future: Refocusing the Image of Suicide,” ed. by J L McIntosh
The rate of suicide in the Northwest Territories up until 1971 was close to or below that of Canada as a whole. Between that time & 1980, there was a dramatic increase with a peak in 1978 which was four times the national averaged. This study assess the available data about suicide from 1970 to […]
Communities and Diamonds: Socio-Economic Impacts on the Communities of: £utselk’e, Rae-Edzo, Rae Lakes, Wha Ti, Wekweti, Dettah, Ndilo, and Yellowknife
This report looks at ways to strengthen the opportunities & mitigate negative impacts of the Ekati Diamond Project currently underway in the Northwest Territories. It incorporates data on 14 indicators for health & wellness (including rates of suicide) with data collected in attitudinal surveys of mine employees, in order to monitor & assess the impact […]
This article gives a brief description of suicide in the Northwest Territories. High risk groups for suicidal behavior are identified & warning signs are presented. Strategies for intervention & postvention in cases of potential suicide are provided, & a suicide risk assessment tool is also included.
The author reviews the profile of suicide in the Northwest Territories to determine: 1) What is the updated picture of suicide in the northwest territories? 2) How has our understanding of suicide shifted after the division of the Northwest Territories & Nunavut? & 3) What are important factors for caregivers to consider? Among other findings, […]
The author argues that the reason why comparisons between the Northwest Territories (NWT) & other provinces often show significant differences on a variety of population health measures is because the social, economic & environmental conditions there are quite different from the norm. In order to develop a better perspective of population health in the NWT, […]
The author presents a profile of youth suicide in the Northwest Territories & examines factors that increase the likelihood of self-harming behaviors, suicide attempts, & deaths in this region. She also discusses recent recommendations on Aboriginal youth suicide prevention & explores how these recommendations can be turned into actions to effectively identify and connect with […]
See SIEC #2003-0509 for reference to full report.
This report analyzed suicide in the Northwest Territories & Nunavut. Data from a suicide database from 1981 to 1990 & coroner’s reports of 78 individuals who died by suicide from 1994 to 1996 were analyzed. The suicide rate for Inuit in this area is 79/100,000 (6 times the national average). The authors conclude that persons […]
Report of the Workshop on Best Practices in Suicide Prevention and the Evaluation of Suicide Prevention Programs in the Arctic
Workshop held in Iqaluit, Nunavut, March 14 & 15, 2003.
In 1993, the author visited various communities in the Northwest Territories. This territory has the highest suicide rate in all of Canada (40.3 per 100,000 population). This article relates some of Leenaar’s observations from his trips.
This article discuss the Baffin Consultation Service of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto. Operating since 1971, a team of staff psychiatrists & senior residents visit Baffin Island about 8 times a year to provide community-based mental health consultation services. This article also discusses the common psychiatric problems found among the Inuit population, & […]
The Keewatin Health Assessment Study surveyed a sample of 874 individuals, including 440 children & adolescents under age 18. Data was gathered on child growth & development, nutrition & diet, social pathologies (suicide attempts & sexual abuse), oral & audiologic health. 18% of respondents indicated that they had planned or attempted suicide. Multivariate analysis showed […]
This article describes the challenges to Canadian psychology found in the Northwest Territories (NWT) where suicide rates are among the hightest in the world. The author travelled to Yellowknife, Iqaluit, Pangnirtung, & Rankin Inlet; spoke with taxi drivers, teenagers, elders, elected officials & crisis centre volunteers. Although the problems & apparent pain were overwhelming & […]