National Framework for Suicide Prevention

The NNMH was invited to take part in a national consultation sponsored by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on developing a national framework for suicide prevention. The Act states that the Government of Canada must establish a federal framework for suicide prevention that:

A. recognizes that suicide, in addition to being a mental health issue, is a public health issue and that, as such, it is a health and safety priority; and

B. designates the appropriate entity within the Government of Canada to assume responsibility for:

  1. Providing guidelines to improve public awareness and knowledge about suicide.
  2. Disseminating information about suicide, including information concerning its prevention.
  3. Making publicly available existing statistics about suicide and related risk factors.
  4. Promoting collaboration and knowledge exchange across domains, sectors, regions and jurisdictions.
  5. Defining best practices for the prevention of suicide.
  6. Promoting the use of research and evidence-based practices for the prevention of suicide

Contact by September 30 for voting members.

We will keep you in the loop on how this goes forward.

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