Participants to the National Conference may register to this pre-conference workshop delivered by the Publich Health Agency of Canada for only $10.

Approximately 4,500 Canadians die by suicide every year, making it the ninth leading cause of death. The government of Canada’s commitment to support the development of a National Suicide Prevention Action Plan is the latest in a series of key suicide prevention policy developments. Describing the characteristics, patterns and trends of suicidal behavior is an essential component in developing successful prevention efforts. Data and surveillance form the foundation for suicide monitoring and prevention strategies; however, monitoring suicidal behaviour and outcomes at a provincial and national level can be challenging for data-related reasons.

In order to inform the development of a national public health monitoring program for the prevention of suicide, input from key stakeholders working across the spectrum of suicidology is needed. This workshop is an opportunity to share information on the Public Health Agency of Canada’s data activities and plans, and will explore challenges and opportunities, both at the federal and provincial level. An overview of suicide surveillance activities and data-related sources and challenges at the provincial level (Quebec) will also be presented. Finally, this workshop will also facilitate discussions with key stakeholders in order to collectively reflect on recommendations for improving national data systems for suicide surveillance, particularly with regard to enhancing or expanding existing systems and improving the quality, timeliness, usefulness, and accessibility of data on suicide and suicidal behavior.

The objectives of this workshop are to:

  1. Provide an overview of suicide, self-harm and other suicide-related behaviour data in Canada, including the major types of national-level data sources and indicators available;
  2. Identify data-related gaps and challenges, as well as opportunities for improvement.
  3. Engage in meaningful discussion with stakeholders on key elements (e.g., data collection, analysis and reporting) that need to be considered in the development of the National Suicide Prevention Action Plan.

Participants will be invited to collectively reflect on ways to improve and expand the information available about suicide and suicidal behavior; make recommendations for improving data timeliness, quality, and accessibility, and collectively brainstorm on elements required to create a national public health monitoring program for the prevention of suicide in Canada.

Workshop will take place from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM on Tuesday May 10, 2022.