What the Government of Canada is doing to help prevent suicide

Find out what we're doing to better understand and to help prevent suicide in Canada.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call or text 9-8-8. Support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through 9-8-8: Suicide Crisis Helpline.

Help is also available through Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868) and the Hope for Wellness Help Line (1-855-242-3310).

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9-8-8: Suicide Crisis Helpline

9-8-8, Canada's national three-digit number for suicide prevention and emotional distress, launched on November 30, 2023. Funded by the Government of Canada and led by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 9-8-8 is:

  • available by phone and text
  • accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • provided in English and French
  • trauma-informed
  • culturally appropriate
  • available to anyone in Canada

9-8-8: Suicide Crisis Helpline is built on the Talk Suicide Canada model. Existing distress and crisis services across the country form the 9-8-8 responders network.

The Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention

Working Together to Prevent Suicide in Canada: The Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention has been developed to:

  • reduce stigma and raise public awareness
  • increase the use of research and best practices in suicide prevention
  • make information and resources about suicide and its prevention available to all Canadians

The framework:

  • encourages partnerships and collaboration with:
    • communities
    • the private sector
    • provinces and territories
    • Indigenous organizations
    • non-governmental organizations
    • people directly affected by suicide
    • researchers and mental health professionals
  • builds on efforts already underway regarding suicide prevention
  • communicates and guide federal priorities on suicide prevention

The Government of Canada's actions on suicide prevention can be found in the most recent Progress Report on the Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention.

Other activities

We carry out a range of activities to improve mental health and help to prevent suicide, including:

We also fund or provide health care services for:

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