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Resource Toolkits

Inuit, Aboriginal, Metis, First Nations: Suicide Prevention Toolkit

Inuit, Metis, and First Nations are in sum referred to as Aboriginal people. Aboriginal people in Canada have one of the highest suicide rates in the world. Although not all Aboriginal communities have high rates of suicide there are risk factors that are common to some Aboriginal people. These factors can often be heightened for urban aboriginal people. This resource is a suicide prevention toolkit focusing on understanding the experience and needs of Aboriginal people, and provides information on what you can do to help.

  • Statistics (Page 3)
  • Protective and Risk Factors (Page 6 & 7)
  • Prevention (Page 9)
  • Suicide Related Links (Page 11)


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Not a Child: Children and Suicide Resource Kit

Although rare, children under 12 can still be at risk for suicide. This toolkit offers statistics specific to children under the age of 14, warning signs, risk factors, and protective factors. Also included is a list of programs that aim to help schools identify who may be at risk.

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Teen Suicide Resource Toolkit

Adolescents, more than any other age group, are admitted to the hospital for suicide attempts. This toolkit includes risk factors, and protective factors, as well as discussions on suicide ideation, and cyberbullying. Also included is a list of recommended reading and links to further information specific to youth suicide.

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Gay & Suicidal: Sexual and Gender Minorities and Suicide

LGBTQ* (Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer) or youth questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity are at much higher risk of suicide than their peers. This toolkit includes definitions important to understanding and being able to communicate with LGBTQ* youth, as well as statistics specific to this group, risk factors, and protective factors. Links and resources specific to this demographic are also included.


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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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Manitoba Trauma Information and Education Centre

The Manitoba Trauma Information and Education Centre (MTIEC) was established in 2011 by the Province of Manitoba and is a program of Klinic Community Health Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The materials, resources and links on the site are meant to enhance the capacity of organizations and systems to better meet the needs of people who had been affected by trauma by providing practical advice, documented solutions and dedicated support. A Trauma Toolkit can be downloaded from the home page.

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Youth Suicide Prevention School-Based Guide

This tool developed by the University of Florida provides information to support suicide prevention efforts in schools through a series of Issues briefs and corresponding checklists. The Guide can be downloaded in its entirely or in segments.

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After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools

This document provides a broad consensus regarding the best ways to deal with a tragic loss in a school community and to promote a coordinated crisis response in order to effectively manage the situation, provide opportunities for grief support, maintain an environment focused on normal educational activities, help students cope with their feelings, and minimize the risk of suicide contagion.

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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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Safe and Caring Schools-A Resource for Equity and Inclusion in Manitoba Schools

This kit was built on work already done by the Egale Canada Human Rights Trust. It provides information and strategies intended to help teachers, guidance counselors, administrators and parents understand and implement Gay-Straight Alliance clubs with the goal of creating safer and more inclusive school environments for all students.

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Substance Use Disorder and Suicide Prevention Resource Toolkit

This booklet provides a short introduction to Substance Use Disorders and statistics which highlight the connection between SUD and suicidal behavior. The resource explains co-occuring disorders and the association between trauma, substance abuse and suicidal behavior. A list of suicide risk and protective factors specific to people living with SUD is included along with links to support groups.

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