Current Approaches to Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention

This report was published by the Culture and Mental Health Research Unit (CMHRU) of the Jewish General Hospital. 


This report was undertaken under contract with Health Canada First Nations Inuit and Health Branch as part of the National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy. The aim was to review and synthesize the available information on effective suicide prevention strategies applicable to the Aboriginal youth in Canada. This review builds on an earlier report that provided comprehensive summaries of the literature (Kirmayer et al., 2007). 

The report has six main sections. In the introduction, we begin with a brief summary of the methods of the review, specific terminology and background information. This is followed by a comprehensive review of the scientific literature. There are specific sections on suicide prevention among Inuit, First Nations and Metis and a discussion of gender issues. This is followed by a discussion of policy and programs in Australia, New Zealand, the U.S. and Greenland. Finally, we present a summary and synthesis of the key findings.

Kirmayer, L., Fraser, S-L., Fauras, V., & Whitley, R. (2009). Current Approaches to Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention. Montreal, QC:  Culture and Mental Health Research Unit. Retrieved from:

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