Livingworks Education Inc.

Livingworks Education Inc.

September 15, 2010 11:20 ET

Canada Remains Without a National Strategy on Suicide Prevention

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 15, 2010) - Another year passes and still Canada has no National Suicide Prevention Strategy in Canada. Suicide is recognized as a public health tragedy worldwide, with over 1million deaths each year. In Canada, suicide is one of the top 10 leading causes of death, accounting for over 4000 deaths annually, year after year after year. Suicide is 2nd leading cause of death among individuals' ages 15-34 years, second only to accidents/unintentional injuries.

Canada's leadership in suicide prevention dates back to the release of a national Task Force Report on Suicide in 1987. Canadian leaders in suicide were recognized and invited by the United Nations (UN) to help them develop and circulate a national strategy guide in 1996. Countries around the world have used the guide to develop national strategies, most notably Scotland and the United States. As of last Friday, September 10th, 2010, a day to honor World Suicide Prevention Day, the federal government of Canada has yet to convert any of this past leadership into a comprehensive national strategy in collaboration with its provincial/territorial counterparts. Suicide prevention in Canada is progressive and encouraging in many places but remains fragmented, disconnected and lacking a national vision. To date the Government of Canada has ignored both the UN and World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations that "each country not only establish national suicide prevention strategies but that they also create a national coordinating body."

Federal-provincial jurisdiction barriers have too long been the excuse for no action at the federal level. Canada has a long history of workable federal-provincial agreements to address problems of national concern. So, Canadian suicide professionals are still asking the question, "Why is there no national strategy for Canada in suicide prevention?". If the federal government can show leadership and work cooperatively with their provincial and territorial counterparts on other public health issues such as H1N1 why not with suicide prevention?

LivingWorks Education Inc. endorses the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention - Association canadienne pur la prevention du suicide (CASP-ACPS) Blueprint for Suicide Prevention as an independent strategy as the U.S. did. CASP and LivingWorks Education Inc. want the federal government to give the national strategy an appropriate infrastructure and funding to implement it in collaboration with provincial/territorial counterparts. CASP and LivingWorks Education Inc. call for immediate federal leadership in creating suicide-safer communities' nation wide and saving lives from this highly ignored community health tragedy.

Contact Information

  • LivingWorks Education Inc.
    Richard Ramsay
    President
    (403) 209-0242 ext. 20
    (403) 209-0259 (FAX)
    richard.ramsay@livingworks.net
    or
    Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
    Association canadienne pur la prevention du suicide
    Tim Wall, Executive Director
    (204) 784-4073
    (204) 772-7998 (FAX)
    or
    Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
    Association canadienne pur la prevention du suicide
    Marion Cooper, President
    (204) 940-2115
    mcooper@wrha.mb.ca
    or
    Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
    Association canadienne pur la prevention du suicide
    870 Portage Avenue
    Winnipeg, MB, R3G 0P1
    www.casp-acps.ca
    or
    LivingWorks Education Inc.
    Lynne Sterritt
    Communications Officer
    (403) 209-0242 ext. 26
    lynne.sterritt@livingworks.net
    or
    LivingWorks Education Inc.
    4303D 11 St SE
    Calgary, AB T2G 4X1
    www.livingworks.net