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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.
There are, however, programs, strategies and evidence that make a difference. 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 1 of the 6 strategic directions of Changing Directions, Changing Lives: the Mental Health Strategy for Canada. That’s why the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is committed to promoting life and preventing suicide in Canada, and is collaborating with many partners to increase capacity for suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.
The MHCC is uniquely positioned to champion mental health issues and 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. MHCC also works with both the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) 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!
Roots of Hope
Roots of Hope: A community suicide prevention project aims to reduce the impacts of suicide within communities across Canada. Roots of Hope is a multi-site, community-led project that will test evidence-based approaches in community suicide prevention. The project aims to develop further evidence, including best practices and suicide prevention guidelines and tools, to support implementing suicide prevention activities across Canada. We are excited to have announced our first two participating communities Burin Peninsula in Newfoundland and the northwestern region of New Brunswick. Check back here to find out which other communities have signed on in the coming months or follow our hashtag #RootsofHope on Twitter.
The #sharehope wall makes it possible for all Canadians to spread messages of hope and resilience to those who may be vulnerable to suicide. Anyone can participate via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Tumblr by using the hashtags #sharehope or #partagezespoir. Even those not on social media can be part of the conversation by simply clicking on the “add a post” button at the top of the blue box on the #sharehope page.
Suicide: Facing the Difficult Topic Together
Together with mdBriefCase and CASP, we have developed online modules for family physicians and nurses to enhance their capacity to implement suicide prevention into their practice.
The Toolkit for Survivors of Suicide Loss and Postvention Professionals is a one-stop repository of high-quality, publicly available resources. Resources range from the general to the specific, including how to survive the holidays, Guidelines for Survivor Advocacy, and “How to Start a Suicide Survivors Support Group.”
Preventing suicide: a community engagement toolkit was developed by the World Health Organization with support from MHCC. This toolkit stems from MHCC’s #308conversations initiative, a grassroots campaign inviting Canada’s then 308 Members of Parliament (now 338) to host a community meeting in their riding about suicide prevention, including providing them with tools to lead these dialogues.
A repository of webinars on suicide prevention, life promotion, intervention and postvention.
Information Fact sheets about Bullying, Injury prevention, and Trauma-informed care, developed in partnership with CASP, the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health, and the Centre for Suicide Prevention.
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.