Youth Suicide Prevention
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‚ÄčSupporting efforts to address youth suicide

Suicide continues to be the second leading cause of death for young people in British Columbia following motor vehicle accidents. Furthermore, for every young person who dies by suicide, many more attempt or consider suicide.

Communities together with youth and suicide survivors are working throughout the Interior region and province to: 

  • Build suicide-safer communities
  • Support local and regional efforts to address youth suicide
  • Improve the health and wellness of young people

Prevention, intervention and postvention (PIP)

The Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention (PIP) Initiative for BC produced a manual in September 2009 to assist local, regional and provincial efforts around suicide PIP planning, implementation, and evaluation.  Its key features are:

  1. A Framework and Planning Template guiding six province-wide priority areas.
  2. Evidence and practice informed information to support community development.
  3. Addresses local, regional and provincial perspectives regarding suicide PIP across the lifespan including vulnerable populations and high risk groups.
  4. Captures promising practices for Aboriginal Health and Wellness.

If you need help

If you are in a crisis, call 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) or visit YouthInBC for on-line emotional support.



As a step towards reconciliation, Interior Health acknowledges the land that we live, work, and play on as the traditional territories of the Dakelh Dene, Ktunaxa, Nlaka’pamux, Secwepemc, St’at’imc, Syilx and Tsilhqot’in peoples. It is with humility that we continue to strengthen our relationships with the First Nation, Métis, and Inuit peoples of the interior.
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