Preventing Suicide in Canada

Suicide is consistently among the top five to 10 causes of death in North America annually, yet it lacks the level of attention often given to other public health problems that result in fewer deaths. In Canada, there is no coordinated national strategy that provides a clear picture of the magnitude of the problem, identifies those most affected by suicide, and presents the complex array of risk factors in order to address gaps in programs and services. In this project, an evidence brief was prepared to identify ways to facilitate the coordination and integration of strategies aimed at preventing suicide in Canada. The brief informed discussions at a stakeholder dialogue planned for the fall. (Dialogue held November 9, 2012)