Life Promotion.

Suicide Prevention.

The Here4Hope project goal is to bring together the whole community to learn about and engage in the prevention of suicide. A focus on life promotion will encourage creating a sense of belonging, meaning, purpose and hope for all. The Here4Hope framework components described below identifies the evidence based activities that can contribute to promoting life and preventing suicide.

Life Promotion.

The Here4Hope project goal is to bring together the whole community to learn about and engage in the prevention of suicide. A focus on life promotion will encourage creating a sense of belonging, meaning, purpose and hope for all. The Here4Hope framework components described below identifies the evidence based activities that can contribute to promoting life and preventing suicide.

Awareness Activities

Awareness activities that increase our understanding of mental health, substance use and suicide to reduce stigma and increase help seeking.

Education and Training

Gatekeeper training to help community members identify individuals at risk of suicide and connect them to community supports. Improve competencies of mental health and primary care providers in the recognition and treatment of vulnerable individuals.

Media Guidelines

Create awareness of and implement the media guidelines regarding safe messaging and portrayal of suicide in all forms of media.

Means Restriction

Reduce the availability, accessibility and attractiveness of the means to suicide.

Holding Space

Embracing the practice of holding space for those that are touched by suicide as a way to offer unconditional support free of judgement and the need to control.

Data Collection

Increase the quality and timeliness of local data on suicide/attempts. Support the establishment of an integrated data collection system, which serves to identify vulnerable groups, individuals and situations. Engage in primary research.

Access to Mental Health and Addiction Services

Promote increased access to comprehensive mental health and addictions services for those vulnerable to suicidal behaviors. Remove barriers to care.

Crisis / Risk Management

Ensure that communities have the capacity to respond to crisis with appropriate interventions and emergency mental health care.

Intervention

Improve the quality of clinical care and evidence-based clinical interventions, especially for individuals with suicidal ideations and behaviors. Provide supportive and rehabilitative services to persons affected by suicide attempts.

Postvention

Ensure that we response to and care for those affected by suicide loss and suicide attempts.

Oversight / Coordination

Create an oversight body that will be responsible for the governance of the suicide prevention framework. Identify a coordinator that will support operationalizing the activities associated with the framework.
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