This resource document offers a collective vision for how school boards and community-based child and youth mental health organizations can collaborate to maximize opportunities to support children and youth with suicide prevention and life promotion. Through collaboration we can better ensure a cohesive approach to this crucial work for children, young people, and families. This document is meant to build understanding of best practices for school-based prevention, highlight work already in Ontario schools, outline considerations for collaboration, share additional resources, and support decision-making all with data gathered from a literature review and existing guidelines and toolkits.
The Ontario Youth Suicide Prevention Life Promotion Collaborative was formed in 2019 to ensure Ontario’s children and youth, and those who support them, have access to current evidence-based, practical knowledge to effectively guide their efforts in suicide prevention and life promotion. The Collaborative is composed of diverse stakeholders with expertise in suicide prevention and life promotion including those from regional, provincial and federal organizations, educational institutions, those with lived experience, and organizations representing youth populations.
Source: Prevent Youth Suicide