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A Missing Person and Suicide Prevention

A Missing Person

Is defined as anyone reported to police or by police as someone whose whereabouts are unknown, whatever the circumstances of their disappearance, and they are considered missing until located. A missing person under the age of 18 is classified as a missing child. In the case of a missing child, they are considered missing if they are no longer in the care or control of their legal guardian and have not been removed by law, and they are considered missing until returned to appropriate care and control.

Suicide Prevention

Should include actions to improve mental health and well-being and strengthen protective factors, such as improved resilience, effective problem solving, family cohesion, social connectedness, sense of meaning and belonging, positive attitudes and experiences, healthy relationships, positive cultural identity and restoring hope. Knowledge about the impact of trauma on people’s lives and on their health will help ensure suicide prevention efforts foster safety, care, respect and empowerment for all.

Is about applying the best available evidence from across Canada and internationally, including traditional and Indigenous knowledge and practices, and the experiences of survivors of suicide attempt and suicide loss. It will contribute to our understanding of suicide so that Canadians can benefit from effective programs.