Recent suicides across Canada highlight need for national strategy – Globe and Mail

Sept 6, 2016

A recent spate of suicides across Canada underscores an urgent need for a national strategy to help prevent future deaths, according to an editorial published Tuesday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

The federal government must lead a push that could eventually see suicide-prevention programs in schools, more crisis helplines and better ways of getting help to young people who have been abused or who might otherwise be at risk for suicide, the authors argue.

“Let’s take a preventative approach. Let’s take that long-term developmental approach. Let’s safeguard our children so they don’t have to grow up in such despair that they take their own lives,” said Laura Eggertson, a journalist and lead author of the editorial.

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