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 […]

Overview – Injury in the Northwest Territories

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 […]

The Cultural Geography of Suicide in the Canadian Arctic

Published in “Back to the Future: Refocusing the Image of Suicide,” ed. by J L McIntosh

Suicide & Hurting Yourself


Firearm Deaths in the NWT


Suicide Attempts in the NWT: a Case of Assessment, Intervention and Follow-up


Alcohol-related Injury Deaths in the Northwest Territories (1999-2003)


Psychiatry up Here


Suicide in the Canadian Northwest Territories 1970-1980

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 […]

Description of Suicide in the NWT: Intervention and Risk Assessment

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.

Suicide in the NWT: a Recent Analysis

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, […]

Injury Mortality in the Northwest Territories (NWT), 1991-1996


A Different Perspective on Some Health Indicators

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, […]

Choosing Life: new Directions in Youth Suicide Prevention

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 […]

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.

Document Summary: Suicide in the Northwest Territories – a Descriptive Review

See SIEC #2003-0509 for reference to full report.

Suicide in the Northwest Territories – a Descriptive Review

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 […]

Community Crisis Intervention in Suicide Epidemics

Suicide in the Arctic: A Few Stories

Suicide in the Arctic: a few Stories

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.

Toronto Psychiatrists Make House Calls to Baffin

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 Population Survey as a Tool for Assessing Family Health in the Keewatin Region, NWT, Canada

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 […]