Manitoba Adult Suicide Mortality Review: Risk Factors Associated With Mental Health & Substance use Disorders

This report examines suicide mortality among adults, focussing on the role of mental health & substance use disorders in the province of Manitoba &, in particular, the Winnipeg Health Region. Data from the case files of 257 suicides that occurred in 2002 & 2004 were included.

Position Statement. Crisis Response and the Role of the Emergency Services and First Responders to Suicide and Suicide Attempts

This position statement reviews current pathways to care for people who consider or attempt suicide. It addresses the most common & likely situations, providing 9 recommendations to increase the capacity of individuals & services to provide appropriate care. The discussion includes the following topics: community & family response & gatekeeper training; crisis services; general practitioners[…]

Strengthening the Safety Net: A Summary on the Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Initiative for BC/A Report on the Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Initiative for BC/Appendices for the Report and Summary on the Suicide

These documents present the structure for the suicide prevention, intervention, & postvention initiative for the province of British Columbia. Content includes: an introduction to the initiative; towards the development of a framework & planning template; the evidence-informed practice review; the snapshot survey; stakeholder survey for suicide prevention, intervention & postvention; the Suicide PIP Framework &[…]

Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy (AYSPS): Summative Evaluation

The Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy is an initiative established in response to the Government of Alberta’s Children & Youth Initiatives. This report outlines the results of a summative evaluation conducted in 2007-2008 of 9 initial pilot sites & 7 new sites. The focus was to determine to what degree the Strategy had reached its[…]

Suicide and Suicide Risk in Lesbian, gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations: Review and Recommendations

This article is a culmination of a 3-year effort by an expert panel to address the need for better understanding of suicidal behaviour & suicide risk in sexual minority populations, & stimulate the development of needed prevention strategies, interventions, & policy changes. This article summarizes existing research findings, & makes recommendations for addressing knowledge gaps[…]

New Jersey Police Suicide Task Force Report

In October 2008, the Governor of New Jersey formed a task force to study police suicide in that state. The Task Force shared expertise, reviewed material on police suicide, & invited guest speakers to make presentations. Law enforcement supervisors were surveyed on their utilization of mental health services for their officers. 4 recommendations were made:[…]

No-Suicide Contracts (IN: Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention of Suicidal Behavior, edited by R I Yufit & D Lester)

This chapter describes no-suicide contracts, places them in context, details the existing research on no-suicide contracts, & makes some recommendations about their use. Appendices include examples of no-suicide contracts for use with outpatients, inpatients, children aged 6-8 years, children aged 9-11 years, youth aged 12-17 years, & 2 versions of a verbal agreement. (52 refs.)

A Suicide Prevention Advisory Group at an Academic Medical Center


Helping College Students Cope With Suicidal Impulses (IN: Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention of Suicidal Behavior, edited by R I Yufit & D Lester)

This chapter opens by presenting data on the prevalence of suicide, suicide ideation, attempted suicide, other self-injurious behaviours, & stress among college & university students. Protective factors are discussed. The role of gatekeepers is outlined followed by an extensive discussion of assessment, intervention, & treatment, including psychological & pharmacological therapies. Involuntary hospitalization, practice recommendations, &[…]

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors for Children and Adolescents With Major Depression: Current Controversies and Recommendations

Published safety & efficacy trials of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors for the treatment of youth with depression were critically reviewed & augmented by information from regulatory hearings in 2003-2004 & selected open-label reports. Based on this review, recommendations for medication treatment & monitoring are provided. Emerging data from several clinical trials show these drugs provide[…]