Studies show that the number of suicides in Alberta has increased every year for the past 25. Alberta’s suicide rate moved from 4th highest in Canada in 1968 to 1st in 1978, a position shared with British Columbia. But little has been done to try to reduce the problem or assist potential suicides. Last month, the Calgary region of the C.M.H.A. took an important 1st step by establishing a task force to design and evaluate anti-suicide programs. The group decided private initiative was needed.