1. Community Blog

    Niagara Youth Court Screening Initiative (NYCSI)

    The Niagara Youth Court Screening Initiative (NYCSI) is a collaborative community initiative that was launched at St. Catharines Youth Court in May 2015. The initiative came out of the work of the Niagara Youth Justice Collaborative and was guided by: Open Minds, Healthy Minds: Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions...
  2. Community Blog

    A Call for Action: Strategic Planning Session for the Niagara Suicide Prevention Coalition

    The Niagara Suicide Prevention Coalition (NSPC) was formed in 2003 due to the concerns regarding the number of suicides in the Niagara Region. The NSPC is a partnership of representatives from various health, education, social service, faith, and private sector organizations working collaboratively to address prevention, intervention, and postvention aspects...
  3. Resources & Publications

    The Power of Reflection: An Introduction to Participatory Evaluation Techniques

    Community groups commonly talk about needing simpler tools to evaluate their efforts. This resource, will help groups begin benefiting from their own reflection activities without needing an outside evaluator. This resource present a theoretical introduction to participatory evaluation and three simple evaluation techniques that can be used by any community group or...
  4. Resources & Publications

    Texting While Driving Behaviour among Ontario Youth and Young Adults

    In 2009, Ontario introduced a ban on the use of hand-held devices while driving. According to current collision trends from the Ministry of Transportation, fatalities related to distracted driving are forecasted to exceed those from drinking and driving by 2016. This report details the prevalence, motives and types of TWD behaviour among...
  5. Community Blog

    The Impact of SafeTALK Training on Suicide Prevention and a Culture of Health and Safety in Niagara: Webinar Follow Up

    In Niagara 45 people die by suicide each year; that is 1 death every 8 days. Most people with thoughts of suicide either directly or indirectly invite help to stay safe. Therefore, one way to reduce the incidence of suicide is to increase the capacity within our community to recognize...
  6. Resources & Publications

    The Impact of SafeTALK Training on Suicide Prevention and a Culture of Health and Safety in Niagara: Event Recording

    Suicide can affect anyone and it is estimated that 1 individual dies by suicide every 8 days in Niagara. Since its development in Calgary in 2006, safeTALK has been used to train people in over 20 countries around the world.  Skills learned from taking the SafeTALK training course are helping...
  7. Resources & Publications

    Evaluation of SafeTALK Training in a Convenience Sample of 500 Niagara Region Residents, Health Professionals and Volunteers

    Suicide is a serious issue in the Niagara Region. A 2011 report found that Niagara residents were ready for, and would benefit from suicide awareness programs; in particular males and young people. The SafeTALK workshops were delivered to 500 individuals who either resided, volunteered or worked in Niagara. This report...
  8. The Best and Worst Places to be a Woman in Canada 2015

    The Best and Worst Places to be a Woman in Canada 2015 report explores the gender gap in Canada’s 25 biggest cities. This report ranks each city based on a comparison of how men and women are faring in five different areas: economic security, leadership, health, personal security, and education....
  9. Resources & Publications

    Designed to Move: Active Cities (A Guide for Leaders)

    A city’s ability to compete depends on an active population. The research is clear on this. Integrating physical activity into the places we work, live, learn, travel and play is the only way to ensure we move enough to thrive. Physical inactivity is bankrupting economies at the national level but...
  10. Community Blog

    Making Every Door the Right Door for Women with Complex Concurrent Mental Health, Addictions and Domestic Abuse Issues

    Does your organization screen for abuse and trauma? Have you worked with a client at your organization and questioned why they don’t seem engaged during your meetings? Have you often felt that a client’s mental health symptoms or addictions issues are caused by exposure to domestic violence in the home...

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