"We want to make sure people know help is available for those who may be thinking about suicide"
A new suicide prevention plan will coordinate activities to promote life and reduce risk factors related to suicide.
Alberta is one of six provinces which has implemented the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Roots of Hope program. Actions outlined in the plan include expanded use and monitoring of suicide protocols, and enhancement of research, data and surveillance for local suicide prevention.
Provinces taking part in the project include Alberta, British Colombia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec, with others expected to join in the coming weeks. Each area will also be supported by a dedicated MHCC liaison as they implement activities.
The 10 early adopter communities have identified groups who are especially vulnerable, including isolated seniors, youth transitioning into the adult mental health system, parents with young children, middle aged men, and indigenous people.
In addition, Health-link 811 continues to offer free, confidential, mental health advice, education and support for residents in Alberta.
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“Roots of Hope is an approach to preventing suicide that includes five distinct components, or pillars, but the communities themselves fill in the blanks, drawing from their unique strengths and identifying specific areas of concern,” explained Michel Rodrigue, MHCC president and CEO. “By expanding this program to include 10 more communities, we are going to glean more knowledge and generate further progress.”