Preventing Suicides

An article in the Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry discusses effective suicide prevention strategies. Deaths by suicide, the leading cause of non-accidental death among youth in Canada, outnumber all deaths by diseases of the heart, lungs, kidney, gastrointestinal system and cancer combined. Unquestionably, this is a serious threat to public health and to the human capital of our nation; however, effective strategies to address this menace have been elusive. The quest for efficacious initiatives is not only compelling, but is expected in a society that values the young and invests in its future. We need programs that are creative and appealing, yet, more importantly, that provide clear benefit and absence of harm.

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