A Community plan to prevent suicide in Edmonton (2018-2021)
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Living Hope was developed by a committee of dedicated organizations and individuals who believe that suicide can be prevented in our city. The plan aims to bring the community significantly closer to preventing suicide in Edmonton which will position Edmonton as a leader in suicide prevention.
The implementation plan includes:
Living Hope was approved by City Council on March 20, 2018. This 3 year plan is currently underway, guided by the Community-Based Implementation Team. For more information and updates on the plan, please visit Living Hope Plan.
11 of Us is a public awareness campaign developed as part of Living Hope: A Community Plan to Prevent Suicide in Edmonton. Public awareness is one of many activities laid out in Living Hope that together make up a comprehensive strategy for how suicide can be prevented. Visit 11ofUs.ca to learn more.
Living Hope offers a suite of online and in-person suicide prevention training and education opportunities free of charge for Edmontonians. The purpose of this training and education is for Edmontonians to be able to better understand who may be at risk of suicide, risk and protective factors and how best to offer assistance and support for someone considering suicide.
Please visit 11ofus.ca/training-education/ for a list of available opportunities.
The Edmonton Suicide Prevention Strategy was developed through a collaborative process that specifically considered the Edmonton context through local research and data.
The vision of this 5 year strategy is to create a suicide free Edmonton and all Edmontonians have a role to play: in educating, increasing hope and promoting healing in order to prevent suicide in Edmonton.
The Strategy promotes a universally preventative approach that depends not only on the health care system but engages the whole community in preventing suicide.
In the fall of 2014, City Council discussed adding barriers to the High Level Bridge as a suicide prevention initiative. Council also recognized the need for coordinated suicide prevention approaches.
Formed in 2015, the Edmonton Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee (ESPAC) worked collaboratively on the development of a suicide prevention strategy that includes recommendations. The work of ESPAC was incorporated with City Council’s Urban Isolation & Mental Health Initiative.
The Edmonton Suicide Prevention Strategy was approved by City Council in September of 2016. The City was directed to implement a plan, making the strategy a reality.