Action plan objectives

Canadian Armed Forces Suicide Prevention Action Plan


The LoEs identified in Figure 4 provide broad guidance to direct CAF efforts and the foregoing program objectives provide specific targets. All CAF SPAP initiatives will support one, or more, of the numbered program objectives identified below:

  1. CAF leaders, members and families are educated about suicide prevention, know what to do, what support is available to them and how to access it;
  2. Leaders and supervisors are provided with the policy, protocols, tools, and support they need to engage effectively;
  3. Internal communications inform, guide and positively influence the actions of our members and their families to understand and prevent suicide and promote wellness;
  4. External communications inform and educate the media and public opinion on the extent of CAF suicide prevention programs and respond effectively to specific events;
  5. Suicide contagion is minimized through implementation of effective communication plans that promote responsible reporting and actions;
  6. Members at risk of suicide are identified and supported;
  7. Barriers to care, such as stigma, are eliminated;
  8. Members at risk of suicide receive timely, effective clinical care;
  9. Clinical staff are trained in contemporary suicide prevention techniques and methodologies;
  10. Members are mentally, physically and spiritually resilient;
  11. Members and their families receive the appropriate support necessary to minimize the stressors related to military life and provide a sense of well-being;
  12. Policies, regulations and procedures balance the needs of the institution and the member and are aligned with the intent to minimize needless stressors and dis-satisfiers;
  13. The transition from CAF to civilian life is effectively managed, stressors are minimized, all handovers to VAC are complete, and no one “falls through the cracks” administratively;
  14. Our understanding of suicidality is constantly improving; and
  15. Lessons learned and best practices are incorporated into standardized practices and disseminated across the CAF.
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