Suicide Prevention Program
Purpose This standard provides guidance to health and social service policy makers, system partners, organization partners, and teams to develop comprehensive, coordinated suicide prevention programs in health and social service settings. The standard does not prescribe the use of a particular approach or treatment, but rather focuses on how a comprehensive, continuous, and coordinated suicide prevention program can meet the holistic needs of clients and their designated support persons who are served by a health system or care setting.
The standard specifies the accountabilities of stakeholders at all levels to work together toward a common vision for integrated, people-centred suicide prevention programs in their health systems. It defines the role of system partners and policy makers, health and social services organization partners, and teams, which include clients and their designated support persons in collaboratively designing and delivering a comprehensive suicide prevention program.
The standard does not cover practices for systemic integration.
This standard integrates the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion outlined in Annex B.
Applicability The standard applies to health and social service policy makers, system partners, organization partners, and teams to design, develop, and implement a comprehensive suicide prevention program within a defined jurisdiction.
The defined population for this standard is individuals of any age who may potentially be at risk for suicide or who are currently experiencing suicidal ideation and/or behaviour.