Year: 2020 Source: Regina, SK: Saskatchewan Ministry of Health. (2020). 8 p. SIEC No: 20200446

Pillars for Life: The Saskatchewan Suicide Prevention Plan was informed by Working Together for Change: A 10 Year Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Saskatchewan. This Action Plan is Saskatchewan’s overarching approach to improving mental health and addictions services and supports across the human services sectors, including in the health care system. The Action Plan provides a framework for improvement actions being taken, now and into the future, and Pillars for Life: The Saskatchewan Suicide Prevention Plan builds on this framework and intensifies activities that promote life and prevent suicide. To inform the creation of Pillars for Life a jurisdictional scan of suicide prevention activities and frameworks across Canadian provinces and territories was also conducted. This scan has resulted in the identification of key suicide prevention activities, strategies, and current evidence-based practices. Pillars for Life: The Saskatchewan Suicide Prevention Plan was also informed by the calls to action and recommendations found in the Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth Special Report Shhh… Listen!! We Have Something to Say! Youth Voices from the North (2017), the Provincial Auditor’s Report 2018 – Volume 1, Chapter 8, the Provincial Auditor’s Report 2019 – Volume 2, Chapter 24 and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Saskatchewan First Nations Suicide Prevention Strategy (2018). The Government of Saskatchewan is dedicated to reducing deaths by suicide in the province. The aim of this plan is to reduce risk factors related to suicide, while increasing protective factors for individuals,
families, and communities.