Suicide Prevention Program - CAN/HSO 5064:2023 (E)
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CAN/HSO 5064:2023 (E) Suicide Prevention Program is a revision of HSO 5064:2009 (E) Suicide Prevention. The target audiences are policy makers, system partners, organization partners, and teams. The content addresses both population health and individual direct care. By including a population health (or macro) perspective and a direct care (or micro) perspective, the standard supports the creation of a comprehensive suicide prevention program across a defined health system.
The technical content of the standard is divided as follows:
- Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Program
- Routine Screening for Suicide Risk
- Assessment of Suicide Risk
- Safety Planning, Care Planning, and Treatment
- Postvention Services
The standard is intended for use by policy makers, system partners, organization partners, and teams. It provides:
- Policy makers and system partners with a quality and safety blueprint to guide policy development for equitable, safe, and appropriate suicide prevention services in their jurisdictions
- Policy makers, system partners, organization partners, and teams with guidance on establishing a comprehensive suicide prevention program from a population health perspective
- Policy makers, system partners, organization partners, and teams with guidance on working collaboratively across a defined health system in a way that is culturally safe and appropriate to the needs of diverse communities
- Organization partners and teams with guidance on providing routine screening and assessment for suicide risk as part of a comprehensive suicide prevention program
- Organization partners and teams with guidance enabling coordinated efforts for seamless transitions throughout the client’s care journey
- Organization partners and teams with guidance on providing evidence-informed suicide prevention, treatment, and postvention services
In addition to the target audiences listed above, the standard also provides:
- Clients, designated support persons, and communities with information on what to expect from a comprehensive suicide prevention program
- External assessment bodies with evidence-informed content to include in assessment programs for suicide prevention
The standard does not cover practices for systemic integration. For guidance on how the health system and its partners can work collaboratively to develop an integrated health system, users are encouraged to refer to the criteria in CAN/HSO 76000:2021 (E) Integrated People-Centred Health Systems.
This standard will be available to health and social services organizations as a resource document.
Under the direction of the HSO Suicide Prevention Working Group, select criteria from the CAN/HSO 5064:2023 (E) Suicide Prevention Program will be used as a Required Organizational Practice (ROP) by health and social services organizations participating in the Qmentum accreditation programs. The Required Organizational Practice (ROP) is intended to be used as part of a conformity assessment.
The published evidence used to inform this standard can be found in the bibliography.
This standard is intended to be used as part of a conformity assessment. This standard will undergo periodic maintenance. HSO will review and publish this standard on a schedule not to exceed five years from the date of publication.
This standard provides guidance to health and social service policy makers, system partners, organization partners, and teams to develop comprehensive, coordinated suicide prevention programs in health and social service settings. The standard does not prescribe the use of a particular approach or treatment, but rather focuses on how a comprehensive, continuous, and coordinated suicide prevention program can meet the holistic needs of clients and their designated support persons who are served by a health system or care setting.
The standard specifies the accountabilities of stakeholders at all levels to work together toward a common vision for integrated, people-centred suicide prevention programs in their health systems. It defines the role of system partners and policy makers, health and social services organization partners, and teams, which include clients and their designated support persons in collaboratively designing and delivering a comprehensive suicide prevention program.
The standard does not cover practices for systemic integration.
This standard integrates the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion outlined in Annex B.
The standard applies to health and social service policy makers, system partners, organization partners, and teams to design, develop, and implement a comprehensive suicide prevention program within a defined jurisdiction.
The defined population for this standard is individuals of any age who may potentially be at risk for suicide or who are currently experiencing suicidal ideation and/or behaviour.
HSO is grateful to and acknowledges the valuable contributions of Health Canada. CAN/HSO 5064:2023 (E) Suicide Prevention Program is developed with support from Health Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.
HSO is also grateful to and acknowledges the valuable contributions of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, now Healthcare Excellence Canada, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada in developing the Suicide Risk Assessment Toolkit (2021) attached in Annex A of this standard. The toolkit has been reviewed by the HSO Suicide Prevention Working Group and verified for use, in close coordination with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and Mental Health Commission of Canada, as a key resource to CAN/HSO 5064:2023 (E) Suicide Prevention Program.
HSO acknowledges that the Suicide Risk Assessment Toolkit is a freely available and publicly-accessible resource to all those who wish to review its content. Users of CAN/HSO 5064:2021 (E) Suicide Prevention Program are not obliged to purchase the Toolkit and can access the Toolkit, in both official languages, via the Healthcare Excellence Canada website and the Mental Health Commission of Canada website.
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