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 […]

Suicidal behaviours in adolescents in Nova Scotia, Canada: Protective associations with measures of social capital.

This study provides initial evidence of protective associations of individual level social capital with adolescent suicidality. Our findings suggest that among adolescents low social capital as measured by perceptions of trust and helpfulness of others at school may be a warning sign for suicidality, particularly for females. It may be helpful to inquire of young […]

Hope and healing in Nova Scotia: An emotional and practical guide for survivors of suicide loss.

Cover title: Nova Scotia survivors of suicide loss package.

Use of School-Based Health Centres for Mental Health Support in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

This study examined whether students with self-reported needs for mental health support used school-based health centres for this purpose. Data was collected from 1629 high school students in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. One-half of the surveyed students reported needs for mental health support. Multivariate logistic regression determined that female gender, lower socioeconomic status, sexual health […]

Death in 12-24-Year-Old Youth in Nova Scotia: High Risk of Preventable Deaths for Males, Socially Deprived and Rural Populations – a Report From the NSYOUTHS Program

The authors evaluated social & demographic determinants of deaths in youth aged 12-24-years in Nova Scotia for the period 1995-2004. Youth most at risk of death were males, the more socially deprived, & those living in rural areas. There was a five-fold increase in suicides & a three-fold increase in injury deaths in males compared […]

Suicide and Attempted Suicide in Nova Scotia 1995-2004. A Report

This report examines suicide & attempted suicide in Nova Scotia over the period 1995-2004. Data is presented on hospitalizations for suicide attempts, mortality due to suicide, & suicide, mental health, & the health system (particularly contacts with health care providers). A final section provides a summary of facts.

Nova Scotia Strategic Framework to Address Suicide


Association of Socio-Economic Factors With Health Risk Behaviours Among High School Students in Rural Nova Scotia


Benchmark and Recommendations to Address Suicide in Nova Scotia

This report provides benchmarks & recommendations for suicide prevention, intervention, & postvention in Nova Scotia. Principles of programming & how to build capacity are also discussed.

Mortality in Individuals who Have had Psychiatric Treatment: Population-Based Study in Nova Scotia

The mortality risk in mental illness for Nova Scotia patients in contact with psychiatric services or primary care was evaluated. The mortality rate was 1.74, with increased ratios for all major causes of death. A significant difference in death by suicide was seen in the mortality risk between inpatients & those attending private specialists. It […]

Far From Ideal: Weight Perception, Weight Control, and Associated Risky Behaviour of Adolescent Girls in Nova Scotia


Suicidal Behaviours Among Adolescents in Northern Nova Scotia: Gender Difference, Risk Factors and Health Service Utilization

The objectives of this paper were to, among adolescents aged 14 to 20, (1) estimate the 12-month prevalence of various suicidal behaviours by gender, (2) identify the gender-specific factors associated with suicidal behaviours, & (3) describe health service utilization by adolescents with suicidal behaviours. The authors found that some factors associated with suicidal behaviours among […]

Technical Report of a Province Wide Survey into the Portrayal of Suicide and Mental Illness

The aim of this study was to investigate how the non-fiction media in Canada portray both suicide & mental health, & to test the feasibility of asking the general public to monitor media in the province of Nova Scotia using standardized checklists. The authors found that media reporting of mental illness was generally of good […]

Our Peace of Mind

Comprehensive Report on Injuries in Nova Scotia: Technical Report

In 2000, the Nova Scotia Child Safety & Injury Prevention Program, in collaboration with the Population Health Research Unit of Dalhousie University, released a comprehensive report on injuries among the children & youth of Nova Scotia. The current report attempts to extend that picture of injury to those 16 years & older to complete the […]

A Working Guide to Establishing Community-Based Youth Health & Support Centres

Working With Families (IN: Focus Group on Suicide Prevention: Presentations, by Department of Health, Medical Services Branch)

This chapter describes some of the reasons why it is important to work with the family when there has been a suicide or a suicide attempt. Some of the reactions that family members may experience following a suicide are discussed. Different approaches to family therapy are examined & guidelines for family assessment & treatment are […]

Poverty, its Contribution to Suicide

Wien discusses the conditions of Indian communities that result in both poverty & suicide, and uses the MicMac of Nova Scotia to demonstrate his argument. The arrival of European settlers & Canadian government decisions destroyed their culture & economic livelihood. Wien suggests these external events sparked a causal dynamic that can end in suicide. More […]

Suicide and Satanism

This article reports a 1987 suicide by shooting which was the culmination of a 2 year fascination with satanism for a 16 year old Nova Scotia boy. A family counsellor claims a growing number of teenagers practice satanic worship. It also describes some characteristics of satanism, other incidents of violence linked to satanism, & offers […]

L’Adolescence Acadienne de la Nouvelle-Ecosse

This book presents the results of a study of teens in 6 regions of Nova Scotia. Data is presented under the headings of leisure activities, nutrition, work, roles & stereotypes, identity as Acadians, self-image, stresses, suicide & suicide ideation, relationships with parents, sexuality, religion, politics, school situation, drugs & alcohol, gender differences & regional differences. […]

Suicide Patterns in Halifax County & Canada

This is a summary of a paper which involved the collection of data on suicidal behavior in Halifax County, Nova Scotia, Canada. The following areas were studied: how suicides are declared & entered into official statistics, psychological autopsies with emphasis on preventability & depression in the victim, recent statistical trends, & suicide attempts showing lethality […]

Five Kids in One County Kill Themselves. Why?

This brief article is about suicide in Queen’s County, Nova Scotia. In just over one year, 9 people committed suicide–4 were adults, 5 were teenagers. All were male. These deaths placed the suicide rate in Queen’s County at about 4 times the national average. (NBB)

Report of the Crisis Intervention Project: An Exploratory Study of Mental Health Needs in Annapolis County, Nova Scotia

A report to the Annapolis County Mental Health Asociation on the feasibility and need for a Help-Line Service in the Annapolis Valley.