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 […]

A review of the clinical effects of psychotomimetic agents

We are using Gerard’s term “psychotomimetics” generically for compounds that have been called schizogens, psychotica, psychotogens, phantastica, hallucinogens, and elixirs. If one believes that the importance of these compounds lies in their capacity to mimic the mental illnesses called psychoses, psychotomimetics would be  the term of choice. This capacity alone would make these drugs the […]

Bill no. 601: An act respecting a provincial strategy for suicide prevention

The Saskatchewan Strategy for Suicide Prevention Act, 2021.

Pillars for life: The Saskatchewan Suicide Prevention Plan

Pillars for Life: The Saskatchewan Suicide Prevention Plan was informed by Working Together for Change: A 10 Year Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Saskatchewan. This Action Plan is Saskatchewan’s overarching approach to improving mental health and addictions services and supports across the human services sectors, including in the health care system. The Action […]

Managing madness: Weyburn Mental Hospital and the transformation of psychiatric care in Canada

The Saskatchewan Mental Hospital at Weyburn has played a significant role in the history of psychiatric services, mental health research, and providing care in the community. Its history provides a window to the changing nature of mental health services over the 20th century. Built in 1921, Saskatchewan Mental Hospital was considered the last asylum in […]

Saskatchewan First Nations suicide prevention strategy.

The Saskatchewan First Nations Suicide Prevention Strategy (SFNSPS) implements Resolution #2049, passed by the Chiefs-in-Assembly on May 18, 2017. This resolution directed the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) to “develop and release a First Nations Suicide Prevention Strategy, with inclusion of the FSIN Youth Representatives, by May 31, 2018.” Data obtained from the Office of […]

Shhh…Listen! We have something to say!: Youth voices from the north.

This project had two objectives. The first objective was to engage with Indigenous youth in northern Saskatchewan to better understand youth suicide from their perspective and to honour and reflect their voice as part of this understanding. The second objective of this report is to be a platform for the voices of these young people to be heard.  

Discussion paper regarding a Saskatchewan First Nations Suicide Prevention Strategy.

In the absence of either a federal or provincial suicide prevention, the Chiefs-in-Assembly have directed the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) to address suicide behaviour among First Nations “with high priority”. Accordingly, this Discussion Paper marks the beginning of a process that will result in release of a multifaceted, evidence informed First Nations Suicide Prevention Strategy. […]

Our next generation: Moving towards a surveillance and prevention framework for youth suicide in Saskatchewan First Nations and Metis populations.

Suicide is a concern for many Indigenous communities in Canada. Suicide rates in Canada have decreased but rates in Saskatchewan remain above the national average. In northern Saskatchewan, where First Nations and Métis people make up 85% of the population, suicide rates are well above the national rate. The majority of reported suicides in this […]

SAYCW youth health survey 2016: Saskatchewan Provincial Report grades 7-12.

This report is intended to provide readers with a snapshot of Saskatchewan students’ health. It is hoped that this report can help to identify areas of youth health and well-being that require attention, as we work towards a healthier province. The SAYCW Youth Health Survey was completed by 9,230 students from 116 schools across 18 […]

‘It was happening over and over again’

Over the past decade, suicide rates have been on the rise in the north Saskatchewan town of La Loche.

Stories Moshum & Kokum told me.


Seasonal Differences in Suicide Birth Rate in Alaska Natives Compared to Other Populations

Seasonal differences in suicide birth rates among Alaska Natives & for populations at different latitudes (resident of the Yukon, Saskatchewan, Montana, Wyoming, & Pennsylvania) were investigated. Seasonal birth rates for the general population were similarly examined. Suicide birth rates showed small seasonal variations for Alaska Natives with summer births showing more suicides. However, at lower […]

Controlling for Known Risk Factors for Suicide in Multivariate Models

In this letter to the editor, the authors comment on an article by Lemstra et al (2009) on suicide ideation in a Saskatchewan Aboriginal population. Kutcher & Szumilas state they have significant concerns about the data analysis, asserting these concerns cast doubt on the interpretation of the results. The reply of Lemstra follows. (15 refs.)

Suicidal Ideation: the Role of Economic and Aboriginal Cultural Status After Multivariate Adjustment

This study examined if Aboriginal cultural status is independently associated with lifetime suicide ideation in the Saskatoon Health Region after controlling for other covariates, particularly income status. 5948 participants completed a survey with a response rate of 81.1%. The prevalence of lifetime suicide ideation was 11.9%. After stratification, it was found that high-income Aboriginal people […]

Rural and Remote Women and the Kirby-Keon Report on Mental Health. A Preliminary Gender-Place Analysis


Gambling and Problem Gambling in Saskatchewan

Suicide and Self-Injury (IN: Locked out: a Review of Inmate Services and Conditions of Custody in Saskatchewan Correctional Centres)


Mortality Related to Alcohol use Among the Status Indian Population of Saskatchewan

This study aims to illustrate the Poisoning & Death Statistics of Saskatchewan’s Status Indian population, based on the observation that there were far more injury & poisoning deaths among this population than there were among non-Indians. Suicide was the second leading cause of death this category. The suicide rate for Status Indians in Saskatchewan was […]

Community Crisis Intervention in Suicide Epidemics

Friends for Life: Chapters’ Manual

This manual describes suicide rates in youth ages 10-19, the FFL philosophy, development information for new chapters, Helper programs, and a training package for peer-vention (peer suicide intervention). Additionally the manual provides resources for existing chapters, community development and education material, practical guides and reprintable materials for presentations and community workshops.

Friends for Life: Facilitator’s Manual

This manual provides information for those wishing to give suicide intervention presentations in their community. Modules guide the presenter through two hours of materials with topics such as establishing emotional safety, trust building activities and group activites to define suicide and related behaviours. The manual also provides reproducable worksheets, posters and charts designed to support […]

Friends for Life Package: School

This is a half-day workshop manual designed for elementary and middle-years teachers to aid in the promotion of positive mental health in the classroom. Package materials include a reading list, reproducable tables, posters, and handouts designed to support both workshop facilitators and participants. Friends For Life has designed this package in the interests of suicide […]