Suicide Is Preventable

Many factors and circumstances can contribute to someone’s decision to end their life. Find out how to recognize the warning signs and learn the skills to talk about and prevent suicide in a training.

Preventing Suicide

Prevention, Intervention and Postvention are three areas of focus when working in the area of suicide. They can be understood as the before, during, and after experiences of suicidal thoughts and behaviours. Everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide in one or more of these areas. You don’t have to be an expert. You do need to know how to take care of yourself and help another person get to safety if the need arises.

  • Prevention is an umbrella term encompassing all activities working toward reducing deaths by suicide. This can include increasing awareness, eliminating stigma, and education around what to do if you or someone you know experiences thoughts or behaviours associated with suicide. Prevention involves supporting people so they do not reach the point of crisis.
  • Intervention includes activities that work to support an individual experiencing suicidal thoughts or behaviours so their crisis does not lead to suicidal behaviours.
  • Postvention includes the skills and strategies for taking care of yourself or helping another person heal after the experience of a suicide attempt or the loss of a loved one to suicide.

Life Promotion

Another growing area within suicide prevention is Life Promotion, which focuses on building mental wellness and mental health to support individuals in flourishing. For more information, check out our promoting well-being page.

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