Getting to Zero
In 2015, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care asked the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) to create a Task Force to recommend safe medical practices for patients at risk
of suicide. The OHA Task Force on Suicide Prevention (Task Force) met regularly throughout the 2015-16 year, examined current hospital policies and protocols for suicide prevention and assessment, and reviewed practices and emerging evidence from other jurisdictions.
After careful consideration, the Task Force has made three central recommendations for the Ontario government to consider in its approach to preventing suicide. While these recommendations may reduce the number of deaths by suicide among patients under hospital care, all components of the health care system need to be part of suicide prevention initiatives moving forward. Primary care, community care services and hospitals need to work collaboratively to improve transitions between care settings. While implementation considerations were not part of the scope of this Task Force, financial resources must also be allocated in order for these recommendations to be successfully implemented by all hospitals.
This is in response to the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”. We are concerned about the messages being promoted regarding suicide and wellbeing. We are providing “13 Reasons Why NOT” in response to these messages.