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, call 9-1-1.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, support is available 24/7 by calling 
Talk Suicide Canada (1-833-456-4566), 1 866 APPELLE (1-866-277-3553) for residents of Quebec, or by visiting suicide.ca.

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Bringing 9-8-8 to Canada

On November 30, 2023, 9-8-8, Canada's national three-digit number for suicide prevention and emotional distress will launch. Funded by the Government of Canada and delivered by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 9-8-8 will be:

  • 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

Canada's 9-8-8 service will build on the current Talk Suicide Canada model, where existing distress and crisis services across the country will form the 9-8-8 responder 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
  • make information and resources about suicide and its prevention available to all Canadians
  • increase the use of research and best practices in suicide prevention

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 guides 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:

More detail on these activities can be found in the Overview of Federal Initiatives in Suicide Prevention.

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