Our Goals

Research tells us that when a young person dies by suicide their peers have an increased likelihood that they too might consider suicide to be a viable option, a phenomenon referred to as contagion. The focus of this suicide prevention strategy is how to identify and support members of the community during the aftermath of a suicide. Community partners in children’s mental health have come together and agreed on the following goals for our community: 

  • Prevent suicide contagion among people who are at high risk after exposure (because of psychological, geographical and social proximity) to suicide.
  • Identify youth at potential risk of imitative behaviour (suicide attempt) or thoughts (suicidal ideation) and subsequent mental health problems.
  • Provide a coordinated and intentional postvention intervention after the death of a youth by suicide (youth ages 12 to 24).
  • Lessen other negative effects of exposure to suicide for the community, youth and families.
  • Facilitate healthy expressions of grief.
  • Support front line staff as we acknowledge their risk for vicarious trauma.

This page was updated on: December 18th, 2020