POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 51 • Where possible, remove items that can be used for suicide, such as firearms, knives, over- the-counter medicines and drugs. Suicidal behaviour is often impulsive and restricting access to methods can substantially reduce the risk of a completed suicide. •Involve other friends and family members. The more support, the better for the person at risk and for you. • For more information and help, contact the mental health organizations listed in the Need More Info? section. Government of Canada’s Role The Government of Canada works to help Canadians maintain and improve their mental health, including preventing suicidal behaviour. Within its jurisdiction, the Government of Canada works to: • Develop and disseminate knowledge on mental health promotion and mental illness prevention; • Provide leadership and governance; • Develop social marketing campaigns; and • Conduct surveillance on health trends in population. In 2007, the federal government provided funding to establish and support The Mental Health Commission of Canada to lead the development of a national mental health strategy. Need More Info? For more information on suicidal behaviour, contact the following. The Canadian Assoc. for Suicide Prevention Mental Illness Surveillance, Public Health Agency of Canada at: cpcmc/topics/mental_e.html The Human Face of Mental Health and Mental Illness in Canada 2006 at: human-humain06 The Mental Health Promotion Unit, Public Health Agency of Canada at: mentalhealth/mhp/index.html Health Canada’s Mental Health section at: index_e.html The Mental Health Commission of Canada at: Or contact the local Canadian Mental Health Association in your community, listed in the phone book Mood Disorders Society of Canada at: Mental Health Canada: Centre for Suicide Prevention: Canadian Psychiatric Assocation The National Network for Mental Health at: The Canadian Psychological Association at: For additional articles on health and safety issues go to the It’s Your Health Web section at: You can also call toll free at 1-866-225-0709 or TTY at 1-800-267-1245* SUICIDE PREVENTION