Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 23, 2009 17:22 ET

Canadian Forces and International Experts Meet to Discuss Suicide Prevention

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 23, 2009) - A Canadian Forces (CF) Expert Panel on Suicide Prevention brought together civilian and military representatives from Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Australia and the Netherlands on September 22 and 23. The panel explored literature and best practices from around the world related to suicide prevention.

The panel will deliver a report of its findings to the CF Surgeon General later this year. The report's recommendations, once they are validated, will contribute to enhancing the current CF suicide prevention program.

"One suicide is too many," said Lieutenant-Colonel Rakesh Jetly, a CF psychiatrist and member of the panel of experts. "We have a responsibility to do everything in our power to explore new approaches in order to reduce suicides in the CF."

The panel's workshops reviewed evidence-based best practices for suicide prevention, the effectiveness of educational programs, the epidemiology of suicide (or, data collection and analysis) and Lessons Learned from current suicide intervention programs.

Over the last ten years, the CF have renewed their focus on mental health issues affecting military personnel, including suicide prevention.

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