The Implementation Plan
Formed in February 2017, the Implementation Planning Committee (IPC), consists of 17 organizations and community based agencies. The Committee will work collaboratively on the development of an implementation plan for the Edmonton Suicide Prevention Strategy.
It’s expected the Implementation Plan will include:
- Specific interventions and actions
- Key organizations and their specific responsibilities
- Expected resourcing required
- A timeline for meeting objectives
- Evaluation process
The Plan is expected to be finalized late 2017 or early 2018. This implementation plan, developed with the same collaboration that guided the strategy development, will bring the community significantly closer to preventing suicide in Edmonton and will position Edmonton as a leader in suicide prevention.
The Edmonton Suicide Prevention Strategy was developed through a collaborative process that specifically considered the Edmonton context through local research and data.
The vision of this 5 year strategy is to create a suicide free Edmonton and all Edmontonians have a role to play: in educating, increasing hope and promoting healing in order to prevent suicide in Edmonton.
The Strategy promotes a universally preventative approach that depends not only on the health care system but engages the whole community in preventing suicide.
In the fall of 2014, City Council discussed adding barriers to the High Level Bridge as a suicide prevention initiative. Council also recognized the need for coordinated suicide prevention approaches.
Formed in 2015, the Edmonton Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee (ESPAC) worked collaboratively on the development of a suicide prevention strategy that includes recommendations. The work of ESPAC was incorporated with City Council’s Urban Isolation & Mental Health Initiative.
The Edmonton Suicide Prevention Strategy was approved by City Council in September of 2016. The City was directed to implement a plan, making the strategy a reality.