This conference got moved from October 23, 2012 to December 11, 2012.
Suicide is a tragic and distressing phenomenon. The negative effects on families, friends and communities following a death by suicide reinforce the urgency for better understanding and prevention. Statistics Canada reported that in Canada 3,500 people died by suicide in 2006. In addition to the increase in rates of persons who have died by suicide, even more have been hospitalized due to attempted suicide.
For these reasons, suicide risk assessment has been identified in Canada, and internationally, as a fundamental safety issue among health care organizations. Focusing on suicide risk assessment is a first step in improving suicide prevention.
The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) have recognized suicide as an important patient safety concern and have commissioned the development of a resource guide related to suicide risk assessment and prevention, for use in Canadian health care organizations.
On Tuesday, October 23 the OHA will be hosting a conference and workshop on Suicide Risk Assessment that will feature internationally known experts in the field.