Preventing Suicide…


Download Preventing suicide: A global imperative to read the WHO’s recommendations for addressing suicide as an epidemic and reducing rates worldwide.  Authors: World Health Organization


The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) welcomes and applauds this WHO report on suicide prevention which reinforces many of the recommendations made in Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada. As Canada’s blueprint for action on mental health, the Strategy  encompasses recommendations  that  address suicide, whether by promoting mental health, enhancing prevention efforts, or improving access to appropriate services for early intervention, so that the diverse needs of people living with mental health problems and illnesses are met.

Preventing suicide: A global imperative is directed to a global audience, but offers guidance that enables communities to address suicide prevention with solutions that meet their local contexts. The report follows the WHO Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020, in which WHO Member States committed  to work towards the global target of reducing the suicide rate by 10 per cent by 2020.

This report comes in advance of World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) on September 10. Learn more about MHCC’s support of WSPD.


Every 40 seconds a person dies by suicide somewhere in the world. “Preventing suicide: a global imperative” is the first WHO report of its kind. It aims to increase awareness of the public health significance of suicide and suicide attempts, to make suicide prevention a higher priority on the global public health agenda, and to encourage and support countries to develop or strengthen comprehensive suicide prevention strategies in a multiectoral public health approach.

The report provides a global knowledge base on suicide and suicide attempts as well as actionable steps for countries based on their current resources and context to move forward in suicide prevention.


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