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PDF | Vol. 2, No. 7 (2005)

This issue looks at the difficult and complex issue of suicide and suicide prevention and relationships to mental illness and addictions. Topics explored include vulnerable groups, response guidelines, emerging national prevention strategies, attention to age and culture, self-harm, genetic/biological influences, and family involvement perspectives. As always, personal stories, approaches and resources are also featured.


  • Editor's message
    (Christina Martens)

  • Wonderings and Wanderings: Ongoing conversations about suicide prevention 
    (P. Bonny Ball and Jennifer White)

  • Suicide 101: The statistics of risk
    (Sarah Hamid-Balma)

  • A Summary of Suicide Risk and Protective Factors (Youth and Young Adults)
    (Jennifer White)

  • 1-800-SUICIDE: Hope and help is just a phone call away
    (Ian Ross)

  • Suicide: The 'logic' of a human tragedy
    (Eike-Henner W. Kluge)

  • Suicidal Preoccupations Among Youth with Eating Disorders
    (Pierre Leichner and Ron Manley)

  • Suicide in Later Life
    (Charmaine Spencer)

  • The Biological and Genetic Dimensions of Suicide Risk
    (Gustavo Turecki)

  • Blueprint for a National Suicide Prevention Strategy
    (Adrian Hill)

  • Suicide and Language
    (Doris Sommer-Rotenberg)

Experiences and Perspectives

  • Inside my Suicidal Mind
    (Patrick Schnerch)

  • My First Suicide Attempt

  • A Lesson for Me, Dear Sister
    (Peyton Brooks)

  • The Cost of Suicide
    (Cynthia Row)

  • Involving Families to Help Avert Tragedy
    (Marguerite Hardin)

  • Ryan's Story
    (Kerry J.)

  • My Best Friend, Jessie
    (Caroline O'Brien)

  • Suicide and Shame in a Southeast Asian Community: An interview with a friend
    (Mykle Ludvigsen)

  • On Losing a Teenager to Suicide
    (Jude Platzer)

Alternatives and Approaches

  • Of One Heart, Bringing Our Youth Together
    (Grand Chief Ed John and Jane Morley)

  • How to Engage Youth in Healing
    (Donna Murphy)

  • Self-harm and Suicide
    (Mary Graham)

  • ICE: beyond cool
    (Caitlin Pencarrick)

  • Turning Challenges into Opportunity: E-learning training modules
    (Aura Rose)

  • Suicide Postvention is Prevention
    (Brenda Dafoe and Lynda Monk)

  • From 'Policing' to Reconnecting: Psychiatric nursing and human-focused care
    (John R. Cutcliffe) (online only)

Regional Programs

  • Kweyulus Mustimuhw—Cowichan Tribes Suicide Prevention Project: Sharing in the light
    (Bev Williams)

  • Family Support: SAFER's Concerned Other Counselling Program
    (Natalee Popadiuk)

  • How a Small Community Copes with Suicide
    (Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee, 100 Mile House)

  • Supporting Suicidal and Distressed Youth
    (Julie Miller and Lindsay Killam)


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