School-based suicide prevention, life promotion initiatives: Resources for community-based providers
School Mental Health Ontario is a contributing partner in the Youth Suicide Prevention Life Promotion Collaborative. This collaborative was formed in 2019 to ensure Ontario’s children and youth, and those who support them, have access to evidence-based, practical knowledge to guide their efforts in suicide prevention and life promotion.
Why this is important
This resource offers a collective vision for how school boards and community-based child and youth mental health organizations can collaborate to better ensure a cohesive approach to this crucial work for children, young people, and families.
Reports suggest suicide is the second leading cause of death among children and youth aged 10-19 years, and young people aged 20-29 years in Canada (OSDUHS, 2019). These resources provide a collective vision for how school boards and community-based child and youth mental health organizations can collaborate to maximize opportunities to support children and youth with suicide prevention and life promotion
How might I use this guide?
School boards, community-based child and youth mental health organizations can use this guide to enhance understanding of best practices in school based prevention and postvention, outline considerations for collaboration and support decision-making about suicide prevention awareness and life promotion initiatives.