Information for Professionals
Child and youth mental health practitioners, health care providers, Aboriginal mental health practitioners and leaders, school personnel and other youth-serving practitioners have an important role to play in the prevention of suicide and suicidal behaviour among youth.
The guide, Preventing Youth Suicide: A Guide for Practitioners contains updated and concise information which was previously provided on multiple web pages. The purpose of this guide is to provide practitioners with the most current information on youth suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.
The guide for practitioners includes current statistics, research-informed recommendations for preventing youth suicide, suggestions for responding in the aftermath of suicide, links to online resources and practical tools and recommended readings. References to the published literature and links to related sites are provided at the end of each section and users are encouraged to go to these sources for more detailed information.
The appendage, Policy and Practice Considerations: Clinical Assessment of Suicide Risk and Clinical Documentation is derived from a synthesis of the literature and informed by the clinical practice of the Ministry of Children and Family Child and Youth Mental Health Managers, consultants, and practitioners. This document is intended to support clinical practice by providing helpful orientations to support child, youth and family engagement in the context of suicide risk.
Note: This information represents current literature and accepted practices.