The Salt Spring Island Child and Youth Mental Health Local Action Team has created a youth suicide intervention toolkit, providing information and support to children and youth in the community who are struggling with suicidal ideation.
The toolkit provides answers to difficult questions like “How do you talk to a youth who has suicidal thoughts? What do you say or not say? Will talking about suicide cause more harm than good?” To address these questions from different perspectives, the division created versions of the toolkit geared toward three different audiences: youth and their friends, professionals (doctors, teachers, and health care providers), and parents and caregivers. The professional version of the toolkit includes risk assessment and universal precautions, while the youth version incorporates stories from other teens who have experienced suicidal ideation and are now on the road to recovery.