WARNING: This article discusses suicide.
State governments are investing in systems to help people struggling with thoughts of suicide or self-harm.
On September 22nd, the BC government announced a $2 million grant. The funds will be used to help people with mental health and substance use issues by improving conditions in treatment centers and emergency departments.
This funding is intended to help develop a state framework for suicide care based on best practices, local clinical knowledge and expertise, and the perspectives of people with lived experiences.
The BC coroner’s office reports that there were 582 investigated suicide deaths in the state in 2021. In 2020 he was 597 and in 2019 he was 634.
Care settings statewide have access to standardized training and management strategies, and follow-up care. The Ministry of Mental Health and Addiction added that international research shows that the period after discharge from psychiatric inpatient treatment is a time of high suicide risk.
“Suicide care is an area where we can and need to improve the support we provide to people at risk of suicide or self-harm,” said Leah Hollins, Executive Director of the Vancouver Island Health Authority. said.
“These investments in mental health support provide our staff with the knowledge and better tools to address the unique needs of Island Health clients and families for support, treatment and care.”
This funding is part of the provincial government’s plan to improve mental health and addiction care in British Columbia.
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