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Booklets and Reports

Handle with Care: Strategies for Promoting Mental Health of Young Children in Community Based Child Care

Promoting mental wellness can begin with children in the earliest stages of their development. With an increasing trend towards out of home child care for working parents, centre-based strategies to promote mental health and wellness are becoming more important. The information in this booklet represents the best practices collected from 81 child care centers across Canada and a review of the current literature. The resource offers strategies for developing age appropriate and culturally relevant life skills in children as a way to promote positive social and emotional development.

  • Developing trust and relationships
  • Building positive self esteem and expressing emotions
  • Respecting diversity
  • Well being of practitioners
  • Clear guiding practices for everyone

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After a Suicide Attempt: A Guide for Family and Friends

It can be an emotional and confusing time when someone you care about attempts suicide. This booklet guides readers through what can be expected at the hospital, as well as informing them of their rights and the rights of their loved one(s). It includes a general understanding of what someone struggling with suicidal thoughts or behaviour may be experiencing, along with tips about caring for the loved one (safety plans) and themselves (self compassion) through this difficult time. A list of resources and references for further reading are also included.

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Best Practices In School Based Suicide Intervention: A Comprehensive Approach

This guide was developed in 2014 by Manitoba’s Youth Suicide Prevention Education Initiatives Task Team (YSPSEITT), co-led by Healthy Child Manitoba Office and Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning along with other government and community-based stakeholders. The project was identified as a priority under the Reclaiming Hope: Manitoba’s Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy. The guide is intended to support Manitoba schools and alternative education settings in developing comprehensive plans for suicide prevention by identifying and defining principles of a whole school approach to suicide prevention gleaned from research and best practice evidence. It provides checklists, sample policies, postvention protocols, guidelines and self assessment tools to aid schools in choosing suicide prevention programming that best fits their unique population. The guide discusses in detail, eight key aspects of a whole school approach. As well, it defines and explores the relationship between suicide and non-suicidal self injury, bullying, suicide contagion, substance abuse and cultural safety.

The guide also includes lists of Manitoba resources, links to other evidence-based suicide prevention materials and a list of youth crisis services in the province.

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A Framework for Suicide Prevention Planning in Manitoba

This framework was developed by a committee composed of representatives of the regional health authorities, self help groups, consumers, and First Nations and Metis communities. The framework is intended for use by community partners to work together to implement regional and local suicide prevention plans. Based on The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention’s Blueprint for a Canadian National Suicide Prevention Strategy, the framework includes five components with goals, objectives, and practical examples used in other jurisdictions.

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Reclaiming Hope: Manitoba’s Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy

This strategy was led into development by Manitoba Health and Healthy Living in December 2008 and identifies a number of priorities for action. The ultimate goal of the strategy is prevention of youth suicide and suicide-related thoughts/behaviours. It seeks also to enhance protective factors and reduce risk factors that have been linked to suicidal thoughts by assisting youth in developing healthy coping strategies as individuals, enhancing family/social/community networks, and improving access to mental health treatment. The strategy also seeks to find new ways to resolve inter-jurisdictional barriers to providing service to Aboriginal communities.

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The CASP Blueprint for a Canadian National Suicide Prevention Strategy

The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) produced this document to act as a guide for developing and adopting suicide prevention programming across Canada, and identifying best practices in suicide prevention. The blueprint is divided into four sections: Awareness and Understanding; Prevention, Intervention and Postvention; Knowledge Development and Transfer; Funding and Support with goals and objectives identified for each section. Also included is a summarization of federal initiatives and province specific programming, identified along a timeline in Canada, and a summary of national strategy guidelines in other countries.

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Suicide Prevention: Guidelines for Public Awareness and Education Activities

Education and awareness raising are important to suicide prevention efforts, however caution should be used when developing public messaging about suicide. There is growing evidence which suggests that media reports on suicide can lead to ‘suicide contagion’ and youth are particularly vulnerable to this effect. This document is intended to guide and enhance creative and effective education and awareness campaigns with the guiding principle to do no harm. It includes a checklist designed to guide the development and implementation of education and awareness programs in five specific areas: planning and development; increasing help seeking behaviour; risk and protective factors; stigma; personal stories; and memorializing. Current research relevant to each section is provided, as well as examples and suggestions for how to integrate these guidelines into an education program.

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Pan-Canadian Joint Consortium for School Health (PCJCSH): Positive Mental Health Toolkit

The intention of the PCJCSH in developing this toolkit was to engage both school and community in fostering positive school health practices and the positive growth of youth from a strength based perspective. The interactive toolkit integrates written and video components. TA basic introduction to the topic of positive mental health and the role of the school in enhancing protective factors is included along with definitions of several mental health terms and concepts important to positive mental health promotion. The toolkit also identifies four pillars that provide the basis for the comprehensive school health framework and includes an extensive checklist to assist schools in adapting the four pillars effectively. Other resources include a self assessment worksheet, six steps to school wide change explained, a sample planning tool, and links to powerpoint presentations.

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Mental Health and High School Curriculum Guide

This guide was developed in partnership with CMHA to provide teachers with the skills and confidence to convey information about mental health and mental illness to their students through a series of interactive modules. The tools provided are intended to facilitate dialogue among teachers and students in an environment where students feel safe to ask questions, gain understanding (improve mental health literacy), and reduce stigma. Several components are available for download or can be ordered online.

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The Relationship Between Bullying and Suicide: What We Know and What it Means for Schools

With stories of bullying in schools becoming more prevalent, teachers and staff may be left wondering how best to cope with this issue. This article, directed specifically towards school staff, teachers and administrators, highlights key research about the relationship between bullying and suicide related behavior. Based on recent research it aims to provide prevention based actions to help improve the knowledge base and ability of educators to respond to bullying behavior and the consequences it has on all students. This article also provides supporting resources and additional reading.

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The Changing Face of Youth Suicide in Manitoba and the Narrow Window for Intervention

This Phase One Report by the Office of the Children’s Advocate in Manitoba provides an expanded understanding of youth suicide in Manitoba. The report acknowledges that children in the care of Child Welfare are often at higher risk for suicide and suicide related behaviors. This report provides information on 50 deaths by suicide of Manitoba youth in care that occurred between January 2009 – December 31, 2013. The report provides demographic information and highlights key themes associated with these deaths by suicide to help provide a better understanding and point of departure for service improvements to help prevent suicide.

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