Hamilton Suicide Prevention Strategy First Edition

The purpose of this strategy is to guide the development of an integrated, coordinated, comprehensive suicide prevention approach in the Hamilton community. The objectives are: to increase community commitment to participate in the strategy; to increase awareness in every part of the community that suicide is a significant health problem & that it is preventable[…]

A Short-Stay Intensive Care Multi-Disciplinary Unit for Parasuicides


Psychogeriatric Referrals to an Emergency Psychiatric Service

This presentation reviewed the results of a retrospective survey of 67 patients, over the age of 65, who were referred for emergency psychiatric assessment. The data gathered was compared & contrasted with a control group of emergency room patients, matched for age.

Delineating the Population Served by a Mobile Crisis Team: Organizing Diversity


Providing Psychiatric Backup to Family Physicians by Telephone

This paper examines whether links between psychiatric services & family physicians can be strengthened & additional support provided for family physicians if a psychiatrist is available by phone to respond to clinical calls from family physicians. A psychiatrist, who visited 18 physicians in 5 practices, provided telephone back-up. All calls were documented & analyzed at[…]

Suicide and the Older Adult

Suicide Bereavement Support Group …for Those who Have Lost a Loved one Through Suicide. “You are not Alone”

Suicide Prevention Crisis Line

Depression in Caregivers of Impaired Elderly Family Members (IN: Depression and the Social Environment: Research and Intervention With Neglected Populations, edited by P Cappeliez & R J Flynn)

Literature review of depressive symptomatology on primary family caregivers shows negative aspects of caregiver burden include: need for physical relief from caregiving, health problems, deficits in caregiving knowledge, skills & problem-solving & inadequate self-help support networks. Strongest evidence of depressive symptoms are shown in studies of caregivers of demented relatives. Hamilton’s Caregiver Support Program –[…]

Urinary Catecholamines and Cortisol in Parasuicide

This article describes a study of 42 patients tested within 24 hours of admission to an Ontario hospital. Suicide attempters has significantly higher norepinephrine than did control patients with suicide ideation. In contrast, urinary dopamine, epinephrine, the NE/EPI ratio, urinary free cortisol, & serum cortisol did not differ between groups. Data is provided for 4[…]