Public health surveillance of youth suicide attempts: Challenges and opportunities

Background Surveillance of youth suicide attempts presents many challenges. To assess common data sources that capture information about youth suicidal behavior, we compared counts of high school students who reported (a) a suicide attempt and (b) an injurious suicide attempt, requiring medical treatment in the previous twelve months, with counts of suicide deaths and intentional […]

Geospatial identification of high youth suicide risk areas via electronic health records: Avenues for research and prevention efforts

Objective As suicide risk screening becomes more common in healthcare settings, geospatial coding of behavioral health data may offer a means for identifying areas of elevated suicide risk for use in public health prevention efforts. The present study demonstrates an analytic approach for using universal suicide risk screening data to identify areas of elevated suicide […]

Real-time suicide surveillance supporting policy and practice

Suicide mortality rates are a strong indicator of population mental-health and can be used to determine the efficacy of prevention measures. Monitoring suicide mortality rates in real-time provides an evidence-base to inform targeted interventions in a timely manner and accelerate suicide prevention responses. This paper outlines the importance of real-time suicide surveillance in the context […]

Surveillance of suicide in Canada

The role of the Public Health Agency of Canada is to promote health, prevent and control chronic diseases and injuries, strengthen intergovernmental collaboration on public health, and facilitate national approaches to public health and policy planning. Public health surveillance of disparate data sources is used to estimate the magnitude of suicide-related behaviours, determine the distribution, […]