A Suicide-Safer community is one that has demonstrated:
- a commitment to suicide prevention,
- providing compassionate care,
- support to those bereaved by suicide, and
- promoting the mental health and wellness of its citizens.
Suicide-Safer communities are passionate in their belief that suicides are preventable and that prevention is a shared responsibility where every person has the potential to make a difference and save a life. It is a community that believes that everyone has a fundamental right to have a future filled with hope and possibility. These communities acknowledge their responsibility to ensure that in times of emotional distress its citizens have access to the necessary supports and resources.
Suicide-Safer communities have developed action plans for suicide prevention, intervention, support those bereaved by suicide and have built their capacity to address suicide prevention in a thoughtful and practical way.
A Suicide-Safer community recognizes that suicide prevention rests on the ability of its citizens to ask and talk about suicide. Conversations about suicide are encouraged and are met with compassionate, non-judging and informed responses.
A community designated as suicide-safer views this as a public affirmation and testament to create a safer, healthier and hope-filled life for its citizens.
A Suicide-Safer community is one in which people, organizations and stakeholders have come together to:
- Prevent suicides
- Promote public education and awareness
- Provide support to people bereaved by suicide and promote healing and recovery
- Promote the mental health and well being of all its citizens