Hamilton's first and only Suicide Prevention Strategy was done in September of 2010. A strategy that looks at the city of Hamilton as well as the people in it and works to prevent suicide through prevention, intervention, and postvention. The current plan can be viewed by clicking here.  

On 19 July 2021, the YMHM announced that it will be working over the next few months to create a new, modern, impactful, and meaningful suicide prevention strategy for Hamilton. Once this strategy is completed, it will be proposed to both the City of Hamilton and to the Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton.

The YMHM is drafting this new strategy as we see the urgent need for a new strategy that not only takes into consideration the changes of the modern world but also the impacts of the pandemic and the implications that it will leave on us all.

What Are the Steps

Throughout the creation of this new plan that we are going to propose, we are taking steps to ensure that we have adequate time to research, review, plan, and write it so that it can be as best as possible and help as many people as possible as well.

Consulting past plans, plans of the federal and provincial levels, as well as engaging with members of the public to see what the struggles in day to day life are and how they think life promotion can be achieved are all part of the process to create this plan. 

Members of the public may get involved by clicking here.

Timeline of New Plan

Below is an estimated timeline of our planning for the new Hamilton Suicide Prevention Strategy. Note this is subject to change without notice.

Start date: 17 July 2021

First review period: 17 July 2021 to 31 July 2021

Research period: 1 August 2021 to 28 August 2021

Second review period: 29 August 2021 to 11 August 2021

Writing period: 12 August 2021 to 2 September 2021

Third review period: 3 September 2021 to 9 September 2021

Release day: 10 September 2021

Public Questionnaire

As we are currently in the planning stage and getting public input on the new plan, if a member of the public would like to complete a questionnaire they can click below. Not all questions are mandatory to be answered and a person may stop at any time. Answers from this questionnaire will help us get a better understanding of what needs to be included, updated, or changed in the plan to best benefit members of the community in Hamilton.