Suicide is a complex phenomenon that eventually in one way or another, touches the lives of most Nova Scotians. Between 1990 and 1999 there were over 100 suicide deaths each year in Nova Scotia. Suicide remains one of the top three causes of death and hospitalizations in the province among those age 16 and over. Suicide and attempted suicide is one of the health and social issues Nova Scotia Health and Wellness is working hard to address.
The Strategic Framework to Address Suicide was launched in the fall of 2006 following consultation with hundreds of individuals and organizations across Nova Scotia dedicated to addressing suicide. The strategic framework serves as a guide for the collective work of stakeholders and government in addressing suicide. A representative steering committee provides ongoing advice and direction to the implementation of the framework.
A new report will better position government and its partners to help Nova Scotians at risk of attempting suicide.
The report, Suicide and Attempted Suicide in Nova Scotia, was released July 15. Its purpose is to help those who work in the areas of suicide prevention, intervention and support.
To support the implementation of the Nova Scotia Strategic Framework to Address Suicide, the need for a series of evidence papers was identified.
The Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, the Canadian Mental Health Association (Nova Scotia Division), and the Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health Team have agreed to partner on the development of these evidence papers that will review literature in relation to practices that support suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.