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Suicide Prevention

What is the issue?

Suicide is one of the top ten causes of death in Canada. It’s a serious public health problem with lasting, harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities.

Evidence has indicated that one of the most common risk factors for suicide is a diagnosis of a mental health problem or illness. Fortunately, programs and strategies are available that can make a difference.

What are we doing?

As part of our ongoing commitment to life promotion and suicide prevention, we have created a range of evidence-based resources.

Roots of Hope 
A Community-led Suicide Prevention Project, Roots of Hope builds on community expertise to implement suicide interventions tailored to local contexts. Through this project, we are building an evidence base that includes best practices, guidelines, and tools to support the development of a suicide prevention model across the country.

#ShareHope

Using the hashtag #sharehope allows Canadians to share messages of hope and resilience via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Tumblr. Not on social media? Click to add a post directly to our #sharehope wall.

Learning Modules

Suicide: Facing the Difficult Topic Together
A free course designed to equip health care providers with the skills and confidence to have conversations with patients about suicide (accredited for continuing professional development). Developed by the MHCC, in partnership with the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) and mdBriefCase.

Toolkits

  • Suicide Prevention Toolkits
    Developed by the MHCC, in collaboration with the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP), the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and an advisory committee of people with lived experience related to suicide, these toolkits offer a repository of resources to support people who have been impacted by suicide.
  • Suicide Risk Assessment Toolkit: A Resource for Healthcare Workers and Organizations
    Developed in collaboration with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, provides a high-level overview of what health-care workers and organization need to consider when using suicide risk assessment tools. It also highlights and describes a range of available tools.
  • Preventing Suicide: A Community Engagement Toolkit
    A resource based on #308conversations, a grassroots campaign inviting Canada’s MPs to start a conversation on suicide prevention at a meeting in their riding. Developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), with support from the MHCC.

Webinars

A repository of webinars on suicide prevention, life promotion, intervention, and the community response to suicide (postvention).

Fact sheets

Information on suicide and bullying, injury prevention, trauma-informed care, older adults, sexual minorities, transgender people and COVID-19. Developed through an MHCC partnership with the Centre for Suicide Prevention (CSP).

Research

Safe Messaging and Conversations

  • Mindset: Reporting on Mental Health
    This field guide, developed by the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma, is designed to help media professionals write more complete stories and avoid contributing to mental health stigma. Among a range of updates in the third edition (2020) is guidance on creating more nuanced accounts related to suicide.
Related Initiatives
Tool Kit for Survivors of Suicide Loss and Postvention Professionals

The toolkit is a one-stop repository of high-quality, publicly available resources

Suicide Prevention Webinar Series

Focused on suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention

Online modules for healthcare professionals

Access our accredited, online suicide prevention training modules for family physicians and nurses

Resources

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.

Children with a broad range of coping skills overcome challenging situations more easily and experience less emotional distress. The webinar described two universal school-based mental health promotion programs. “Zippy’s Friends,”...
Although suicide is preventable, rates in Canada have remained relatively stable over the last two decades. The assessment of suicide risk by clinicians and mental health professionals plays a key...
This Toolkit seeks to provide a high-level overview of what to consider when using suicide risk assessment tools, along with a non-exhaustive list of available tools and their characteristics. It...
With Kids Help Phone’s suicide-related contacts more than doubling in the last 5 years, suicide prevention and life promotion have become increasingly important to its work. This webinar discussed how...
While alcohol use is linked to as many as one-third of suicide deaths, this connection is rarely discussed. In this webinar, Drs. Norman Giesbrecht, Heather Orpana, Sarah Konefal, and Robert...
*Please note, some terms used at the start of the webinar are not considered safe language when it comes to talking about suicide. We apologize for the use of these...
Opioid use and suicide share many of the same risk factors – and the same protective factors. Addressing them can help prevent suicides and reduce the harms of opioid use....
Description: Join the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) for a webinar with Dr. Sylvanne Daniels of The Douglas Research Centre as...
Description: Join Jodie Golden from the Public Health Agency of Canada and Dr. Jijian Voronka from the University of Windsor to learn how to safely talk about suicide and mental...