MIL-OSI Translation: Government of Canada announces National Action Plan for Suicide Prevention

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MIL OSI Translation. Canadian French to English –

Source: Government of Canada – in French

Strengthening Canada’s suicide prevention measures

May 31, 2024 | Ottawa, ON | Public Health Agency of Canada

Each year, approximately 4,500 people die by suicide in Canada. This equates to around 12 deaths per day. The consequences of suicide are not just limited to the individual: every life lost impacts families, friends and communities. This is an important national public health problem, and concerted action, at all levels, must be taken to prevent suicide and save lives.

Today, the Honorable Ya’ara Saks, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, announced the release of the first Canada’s National Action Plan for Suicide Prevention (the Action Plan). The Action Plan lays the foundation for increased collaboration and engagement with partners across the country to strengthen Canada’s response to suicide.

The Action Plan takes advantage of the evidence known to date and builds on the Federal Suicide Prevention Framework as well as the momentum and collaboration arising from the successful implementation of the 9-8-8: Suicide Crisis Helpline. The Action Plan establishes a vision for Canada’s suicide prevention efforts and identifies key areas of action for the next three years, including:

Improve data collection and monitoring to establish gaps and specific needs; Advance research and evaluation efforts to better understand what works in suicide prevention and life promotion; Ensure that there are effective supports and services for Canadians; Develop governance mechanisms to ensure greater collaboration between partners, including provinces and territories, Indigenous organizations, communities and people with lived and lived experience.

Suicide prevention requires collaboration among all levels of government, all partners and all sectors. Federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for Mental Health and Addictions met on March 5, 2024 to discuss the Action Plan and together confirmed a shared commitment to collaboration on suicide prevention efforts and promoting life.

Despite the complexities of suicide, there is hope. Together, we can strengthen our suicide prevention efforts for all people in Canada, so that there are fewer suicides and individuals and communities are supported in their well-being.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, you can call or text 9-8-8 at any time for support in French or English.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and/or sentence structure not be perfect.

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