A provincial committee was struck to develop a framework to be used by Manitoba Health and Healthy Living, Regional Health Authorities and participating organizations to develop plans to address suicide. The committee, with representation from Regional Health Authorities, Self-Help groups, consumers, family members, First Nations and Métis communities met from July 2004 to December 2005.
The committee looked at data on suicide and self inflicted injury, reviewed best practice literature, inquest recommendations, and suicide prevention strategies from other jurisdictions. A summary of this research is presented in the document “A Background Report” available through the Mental Health and Addictions Branch, Manitoba Health and Healthy Living. The main components and basic structure of the framework was influenced by the Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention Blueprint.