Suicide in Diverse Populations

Implications for Canada's suicide strategies

Authored by: Kwame McKenzie , Andrew Tuck , Samanthika Ekanayake

Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Suicide Research

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415530125
eBook ISBN: 9780203795583
Adobe ISBN: 9781134459292


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Developing services and interventions that meet the needs of diverse populations is a common challenge for health services in high income countries. Globalization is leading to rapid urbanization and international migration which are increasing our already diverse populations. Suicide prevention strategies need to consider the possible differential effectiveness of interventions on diverse populations but often this is not taken into account. For instance, though health equity is one of the cornerstones of the Mental Health Strategy for Canada, launched in May 2012 (Mental Health Commission of Canada, 2012a), it is not clear that health equity is similarly enshrined in the work that is developing a national suicide strategy (Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, 2010; Mental Health Commission of Canada, 2012b) or in provincial strategies.

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