Running on empty: How community mental health organizations have fared on the frontlines of COVID-19. Summary report

he pandemic has had a devastating impact on mental health, substance use and homelessness in Canada. In 2021, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) undertook a federation-wide research project to understand how community mental health organizations have been impacted by and responded to the pandemic. Our research helped us formulate which federal policy responses are […]

Mentally health communities: Aboriginal perspectives

The purpose of the current collection of papers is to promote dialogue on what may contribute to mentally healthy communities, with a focus on Aboriginal Peoples’ perspectives, recognizing the diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis groups. With the present set of papers, the Canadian Population Health Initiative (CPHI) continues to build on the momentum […]

Critical elements for successful implementation of community-based suicide prevention initiatives for Pacific Island people in Aotearoa New Zealand

This exploratory study set out to identify the critical elements to successfully implement community-based suicide prevention initiatives, within Pacific Island communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. Data was gathered from 17 community-based suicide prevention initiatives, led by and for Pacific Island people, over 24 months. The initiatives were funded by a national not-for-profit organisation, Le Va, […]

Application of the inter-personal psychological theory of suicide in a non-clinical community-based adolescent population

Background The Interpersonal Psychological Theory of Suicide (IPTS) provides a theoretical model of suicide behavior that explains the emergence of suicidal ideation and suicide attempt. Limited research has tested the IPTS with adolescents. The aim of the current study is to test the full IPTS model in a non-clinical community-based sample of adolescents. Methods Data […]

Protective factors as a unifying framework for strength-based intervention and culturally responsive American Indian and Alaska Native suicide prevention

The ongoing challenge of American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) youth suicide is a public health crisis of relatively recent historical origin inadequately addressed by contemporary prevention science. A promising development in AIAN suicide prevention highlights the role of protective factors. A protective factor framework adopts a social ecological perspective and community-level intervention paradigm. Emphasis […]

Strengthening community-based suicide prevention initiatives for Pacific Islands people in Aotearoa New Zealand

This paper describes 17 community-based suicide prevention initiatives for Pacific Islands people living in Aotearoa New Zealand, and a brief summary of their extensive reach and results. The initiatives underwent a one-off contestable fund administered by Le Va as part of the Waka Hourua: National Māori and Pasifika Suicide Prevention Programme. The purpose of the […]