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.

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Government activities that help prevent suicide

We carry out a range of activities to improve mental health and help to prevent suicide. Activities include:

We also fund and/or provide health care services for:

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

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 will be used to:

  • encourage 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
  • build on efforts already underway regarding suicide prevention
  • communicate and guide federal priorities on suicide prevention

The Government of Canada’s actions on suicide prevention between November 2015 and November 2016 can be found in the 2016 Progress Report on the Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention.

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