New resources launched for suicide prevention in Canada
July 26, 2017
New education around suicide prevention provides much needed support to Canadian healthcare professionals
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) and mdBriefCase Group, are pleased to announce a new physician education program designed to support Canadian healthcare professionals in the prevention of suicide.
The one-hour program, entitled Suicide: Facing the difficult topic together – Empowering physicians, instilling hope in patients, was developed by a multi-disciplinary faculty with expertise in medicine, public health and mental health and features videos from survivors of suicide speaking about their experiences.
"At the Mental Health Commission of Canada we recognize that suicide is a major public health issue requiring a multi-pronged, collaborative approach to prevention" says Louise Bradley, President and CEO of the MHCC.
Research has shown that those who die by suicide frequently had contact with a healthcare provider prior to their death. "Suicide prevention is everyone's responsibility," says Julie Campbell, Executive Director of CASP. "It is essential that professionals become pro-active in opening the conversation around suicide to help the people be more comfortable to share those overwhelming feelings and get help as early as possible."
"It is important to keep up-to-date on the latest information about suicide and its prevention; that is, its risk and protective factors," adds Dr. Glenn Pearce, a family physician who helped develop the program. Suicide prevention must be integrated into everyday practice and this program gives healthcare professionals some very important tools to do that.
"This module makes an important contribution to the existing suicide prevention efforts in Canada by empowering family physicians to know when and how to have conversations about suicide with their patients," notes Ms. Bradley.
This course is mobile friendly and is available online free-of-charge. To learn more about this program, visit: https://www.mdbriefcase.com/LandingPage.aspx?pID=16333&switchlanguage=en.
FACTS ABOUT SUICIDE:
Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in Canada.
Among Canadians aged 10-24, suicide is the second leading cause of death.
Many of those who die by suicide had a diagnosable psychiatric illness.
Populations at an increased risk of suicide include: many Indigenous communities, youth, the elderly, inmates in correctional facilities, people with a mental illness and those who have experienced a previous suicide attempt.
First Nations youth die by suicide about 5-6 times more often than non-Indigenous youth.
Suicide rates for Inuit are among the highest in the world (11 times the national average).
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