As part of the Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, Ontario’s youth suicide prevention plan is helping communities to better respond to young people in crisis. In Ontario, 10 per cent of students had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year and three per cent reported a suicide attempt. Suicide is five to seven times higher for First Nations and Inuit than non-Aboriginal youth.
Ontario’s youth suicide prevention plan includes:
Funding to support local initiatives
In 2013-14, eligible mental health agencies funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services are receiving up to $28,500 from a $1 million provincial fund to support local initiatives to prevent youth suicide, such as:
- Providing community resources for youth, families and individuals who come in contact with youth in crisis
- Helping communities assess local needs related to youth suicide prevention
- Providing training for professionals who youth in crisis go to for help, such as teachers and primary care providers
- Building and enhancing collaboration among community partners, including local agencies, schools, health professionals and parents
Annual regional forums
Five regional forums are being heldacross the province to provide education and training on youth suicide prevention. They will help communities strengthen their youth suicide prevention efforts.
The forums bring together professionals and adults whom young people naturally confide in and go to for help.These include teachers, guidance counselors, mental health workers, school nurses and others who work with children and youth.
- Help communities mobilize, build local plans, and improve their ability to identify and support children and youth at risk or in crisis
- Take place in March 2014 in Toronto, Ottawa, London, Sudbury and Thunder Bay
- Also take place in 2014-15 and 2015-16
- Be delivered through the Canadian Mental Health Association (Ontario Region) in partnership with the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health
Web-based, community mobilization guide
A new web-based community mobilization guide will help communities to better respond to and support children and youth in crisis.
The guide will provide knowledge and best practices on crisis intervention, youth suicide prevention, risk management and postvention in different community settings.
It is being developed by the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health in consultation with youth suicide prevention experts.
Targeted supports to Aboriginal children and youth
First Nations, Métis, Inuit and urban Aboriginal partners will be supported to develop and implement community-based, culturally-appropriate approaches to youth suicide prevention in their communities.
Learn more about Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.