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New Resource--Late Life Suicide Prevention Toolkit: Suicide Assessment and Prevention for Older Adults

According to the World Health Organization, older adults have among the highest rates of suicide worldwide. Research also shows that the majority of older adults who die by suicide have seen a front-line health care provider in the prior month. The Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health (CCSMH) is pleased to announce the launch its latest resource - the CCSMH Late Life Suicide Prevention Toolkit (funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada).

The Toolkit was developed specifically for health care providers--physicians, nurses, front-line workers, mental health professionals--and educators in health education programs at universities and colleges. The Toolkit includes: an interactive, case-based DVD; the CCSMH National Guidelines on Suicide Assessment and Prevention of Suicide in older adults; a clinician pocket card summarizing key elements of the guidelines; and materials for educators (Facilitator's Guide and PowerPoint presentation).

All elements of the Toolkit can be accessed at http://www.ccsmh.ca. If you prefer a hard copy of the Toolkit or need multiple copies for your team, contact Sherri Helsdingen, Project Manager, shelsdingen@baycrest.org (416-785-2500 ext. 6331). Until March 31, 2009, CCSMH is able to provide one free copy of the Toolkit to each organization (or to each department in larger organizations). Additional copies can be purchased for $20 each (includes shipping and handling).