Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 96, Supplement 1, pp S51–S54 | Cite as

Social Capital and Youth Suicide Risk Factors in First Nations Communities

  • Javier MignoneEmail author
  • John O’Neil


The paper presents a model of plausible mechanisms linking social capital to suicide risk factors among First Nations youth, informed by a study that explored the concept of social capital in First Nations communities, and by a study on mental health services in First Nations communities in Manitoba. The model incorporates several components of social capital. The plausible impact of social capital on protective and risk factors of suicide among youth is explored.

MeSH terms

Social capital First Nations suicide youth suicide ecological level, determinants of health 


Cet article présente un modèle des mécanismes plausibles qui relient l’équipement social aux facteurs de risque du suicide chez les jeunes des Premières nations. Nous avons fait appel à une étude de la notion d’équipement social dans les collectivités des Premières nations et à une étude sur les services de santé mentale dans les collectivités des Premières nations du Manitoba. Notre modèle intègre plusieurs éléments de la notion d’équipement social. Nous analysons l’impact plausible de l’équipement social sur les facteurs de protection contre le suicide et de risque du suicide chez les jeunes.


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© The Canadian Public Health Association 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Aboriginal Health Research, Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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