Government Commitments: Suicide Prevention

Exploring Theme: "Suicide Prevention Initiatives"

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April 4, 2024

Inspiring Hope Together: Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention Announces National Suicide Prevention Conference in Vancouver, BC

NationTalk: VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) is thrilled to announce the “Inspiring Hope Together” National Suicide Prevention Conference, scheduled to take place from May 29 to May 31, 2024, at the prestigious Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront in Vancouver, BC. This significant event brings together a diverse range of stakeholders, including...

March 19, 2024

Snowy owl logo identifies Nunavut’s guardians of suicide prevention

Embrace Life Council – Isaksimagit Inuusirmi Katujjigaatgiit says new logo will be on mugs, bags and pop sockets Tooma Laisa, Embrace Life Council’s programs manager, holds a bag featuring the organization’s logo used to identify people who are trained in suicide prevention. (Photo by David Lochead) NationTalk: Nunatsiaq News – A Nunavut organization is debuting...

January 29, 2024

Manitoba Government Expands Funding for Youth Mental Health

NationTalk: The Manitoba government is increasing funding to three successful programs that support youth across the province, Housing, Addictions and Homelessness Minister Bernadette Smith, minister responsible for mental health, announced today.“Young people need the support of their peers, schools, families and communities to thrive,” said Smith. “We are pleased to provide additional funding to community-based programs...

November 30, 2023

Canada’s new 988 suicide-prevention helpline starts today. Here’s what you need to know

Three-digit number is enlisted in battle against second most common cause of death among young people. The Toronto Star: Three years in the making, Canada’s new three-digit phone number for suicide prevention launches Thursday. Starting at 9 a.m. EST, if someone is thinking about suicide or is worried that someone else is thinking about suicide,...

November 22, 2023

Second Dialogue for Life conference of the year emphasizes culture and healing 

Life promotion vital to prevent future suicides. APTN News: Delegates at the Dialogue for Life conference in Montreal heard that mental health awareness and support in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic is vital to keeping people stable. “We’re looking to really bring back that connection because a lot of us felt so disconnected over...

May 8, 2023

Suicide Prevention Plan Marks Three-Year Anniversary With Progress Update

NationTalk: The Government of Saskatchewan is providing an update on suicide prevention initiatives as part of the three-year anniversary of Pillars for Life: The Saskatchewan Suicide Prevention Plan. Released May 8, 2020, Pillars for Life serves as a guide to coordinate activities to promote life and reduce risk factors related to suicide. “The tragic loss...

February 24, 2023

Kitikmeot tour a success for men’s suicide-prevention program

‘They were in full support of what we were doing,’ says organizer; Atii Angutiit has now gone to all regions of Nunavut NationTalk: Nunatsiaq News – In its tour through the Kitikmeot region, the men’s suicide prevention program called Atii Angutiit was so well received that communities are already asking for the group to come...

February 6, 2023

Working Together to Prevent Suicide in Canada – the 2022 Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention Progress Report

Includes section on “Indigenous suicide prevention and life promotion” NationTalk: Public health Agency of Canada – Suicide is a serious public health issue that affects people of all ages and backgrounds. Every year, approximately 4,000 people die by suicide in Canada, with each loss leaving a profound impact on individuals, families and entire communities. As...

December 8, 2022

MNBC and LivingWorks Partner to Provide Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Training to Métis Communities in British Columbia

NationTalk: Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC), in partnership with LivingWorks, proudly announce the launch of Kaa-wiichihitoyaahk (We Take Care of Each Other): Comprehensive Métis Mental Wellness Community Capacity Building Implementation. Funded to the tune of $2.2 million by the Public Health Agency of Canada, this project will utilize evidence-based suicide prevention programming to promote mental...

October 11, 2022

Talking, bonding, making qamutiit: GN program takes suicide prevention program on the road

Atii Angutiit brings men together for activities with the aim of suicide prevention NunatsiaqNews: A program called Atii Angutiit has made its way through the High Arctic, with the goal of helping men gather and interact in the name of suicide prevention. “The reception has been great,” said Sam Tutanuak, senior adviser with the Department...

June 10, 2022

Alberta Government increasing access to suicide prevention supports

NationTalk: Alberta’s government is helping community organizations expand and develop new mental health and suicide prevention supports for youth. The Youth Suicide Prevention Grant Program is providing $3 million over the next two years to 13 youth-focused community programs. These organizations will use the grants to provide mental health support and services to priority youth...

June 1, 2022

“Our Path of Resilience” Newfoundland and Labrador action plan to prevent suicide

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador: Our Path of Resilience, a five-year action plan that includes 12 targeted actions and a commitment to improved monitoring, surveillance and research aimed at reducing the incidents of suicide in Newfoundland and Labrador. The action items focus on community mental health literacy and capacity building, as well as prevention, intervention...

May 9, 2022

Pillars for Life: The Saskatchewan Suicide Prevention Plan -Two-Year Anniversary

Government of Saskatchewan: Key actions during Year Two have included: With the record investment in mental health and addictions in 2022-23, the Government of Saskatchewan has now invested over $92 million in targeted mental health and addictions initiatives since 2018. This includes over $3 million for initiatives related to Pillars for Life since it was...

May, 2020

Pillars for Life: The Saskatchewan Suicide Prevention Plan

Informed by the calls to action and recommendations found in the Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth Special Report “Shhh…Listen!! We Have Something to Say! Youth Voices from the North” (2017, the Provincial Auditor’s Report 2018– Volume 1, Chapter 8, the Provincial Auditor’s Report 2019 – Volume 2, Chapter 24 and the Federation of Sovereign...

September 9, 2019

Assembly of First Nations Québec-Labrador & First Nations of Québec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission

The AFNQL and the FNQLHSSC have joined the collective, Association québécoise de prévention du suicide (AQPS) to develop a National Suicide Prevention Strategy for First Nations and Inuit. Comprised of organizations working in the areas of suicide prevention and health, the collective aims to convince the Quebec government to adopt an effective national strategy to...

May 18, 2018

Federation of Sovereign Indian Nations

Suicide Prevention Strategy May 18, 2018 500+ First Nations youth have committed suicide since 2005, 4 x average for non-indigenous. First Nations girls aged 10 to 19 faced a suicide rate 26 times higher than non-First Nations girls in Saskatchewan. The strategy will focus on access to mental health facilities The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous...


Mental Health Commission of Canada: Roots for Life

Roots for Life is an evidence-informed model launched in 2018 by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and is designed to help communities develop suicide prevention guidelines and tools that meet specific needs. The Roots of Hope project is based on community engagement and input from people with lived experience. It focuses on five...

September 10, 2017

Assembly of First Nations

AFN will mark World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2017 by focusing on culture as a way to promote life and wellness, shifting the focus from ‘suicide prevention’ to ‘life promotion.’ Part of this effort involves a social media campaign called ‘Culture for Life‘, encouraging First Nations youth to share how they are connecting to their...

July 24, 2017

Interim Social Emergencies Protocol: Governments of Canada and Ontario

Goal is to deliver faster, more efficient assistance when crises occur: Will work closely with Indigenous partners, including Nishnawbe Aski Nation, and the federal government to ensure efficient and effective coordination of efforts and resources to address this crisis. We will also establish an Indigenous Youth and Community Wellness Secretariat....

June 26, 2017

Inuusivut Anninaqtuk Action Plan: 2017-2022

Government of Nunavut, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., RCMP “V Division” Isaksimagit Inuusirmi Katujjiqatigiit Embrace Life Council A five-year Nunavut Suicide Prevention Strategy Action Plan announced June 26, 2017 as a co-host of Facebook’s Boost Your Community summit. The action plan defines commitments, outcomes and actions for 2017-2022. As a complement to the action plan, program funding...



Reducing the Incidence of Suicide in Indigenous Groups – Strengths United through Networks (RISING SUN) is an initiative of the 2015-2017 US Arctic Council Chairmanship Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) and the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) RISING SUN Arctic Council workshop – Review both the Canadian and international communities’ collective understanding of suicide that will ultimately lead to a...

June, 2017

Breaking Point: The Suicide Crisis in Indigenous Communities

Response to Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs. Breaking Point: The Suicide Crisis in Indigenous Communities The Committee’s recommendations fall under three broad themes:


National Inuit Suicide Prevention Strategy

The specific objectives and actions fall within six priority areas:


National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Plan

In Phase I of NAYSPS (2005-2010), funding under the Strategy flowed from Health Canada to the Health Canada Regional Offices, and then from the Regional Offices to communities or Tribal Councils based on workplans or proposals: 200 First Nations and Inuit suicide prevention projects that ranged from traditional on-the-land activities to the development of local...

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