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Canada’s approach to suicide prevention is broken

By Kathleen Finlay      

We need a new conversation, and phone number, to find solutions and build a national strategy to save lives.

Suicide prevention was not mentioned in the mandate letter Health Minister Patty Hajdu received from the prime minister in the fall, and Canada needs a national strategy, not just a suicide prevention framework, writes Kathleen Finlay. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The ceaseless beat of suicide and the tragedy it unleashes echo across Canada day after day. Every 24 hours, 11 Canadians take their own lives. Four thousand die by suicide, and another 100,000 attempt suicide every year. And here’s another shocker: If Nunavut were a country, it would have the highest rate of male suicide in the world.

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