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Suicide is a serious public health problem with lasting, harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. Suicide is one of the top 10 causes of death in Canada. Among those aged 15 to 24, suicide is the second leading cause of death after car accidents. Suicide and mental health are deeply connected -- it’s estimated that 90% of people who die by suicide were experiencing a mental health problem or illness.
Suicide prevention and life promotion are possible. We all have a role to play.
Promoting mental health and preventing mental illness and suicide wherever possible is one of the six strategic directions of Changing Directions, Changing Lives: the Mental Health Strategy for Canada. That’s why MHCC is committed to promoting life and preventing suicide in Canada, and is collaborating with many partners to increase capacity for suicide prevention, life promotion, postvention and intervention.
The MHCC is uniquely positioned to champion mental health issues and also to support others who take up the call. MHCC works closely with partners such as the Public Health Agency of Canada and supports their Federal framework for Suicide Prevention. The MHCC also works with both the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention and the Centre for Suicide Prevention, who are working to reduce suicide rates and minimize the harmful consequences of suicide by educating, facilitating, supporting, and advising
As part of our commitment, we developed and will continue to develop a suite of resources on life promotion and suicide prevention.
Take a look at some of the resources we’ve already developed!
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is committed to promoting mental health and wellness and preventing suicide in Canada and has made work in this area a top priority. Click on the links below for more information.