Help – Inform – Prevent
Our goal is to strengthen the safety net and reduce distress by providing Quebecers with ready access to secure and supportive online services.
Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) tasked Association québécoise de prévention du suicide (AQPS) with developing a digital suicide prevention strategy to identify and assist people in distress using new technology.
Beginning in 2017, AQPS and its partners set out to learn more about Quebecers’ needs and identify the most promising online intervention practices. In 2019 and 2020, it laid the ethical, technological, clinical, and communications foundations for the project.
This rigorous process led to the launch of suicide.ca, Quebec’s digital suicide prevention service, in fall 2020.
Suicide.ca’s mission is to use digital technology to prevent suicide. It provides information and support to people with suicidal thoughts and behaviours, people who are worried about someone or have lost loved ones to suicide, and professionals who work with vulnerable clienteles.
To reduce the suicide rate using digital technology.
Suicide.ca was created by experts from various fields using a rigorous clinical, ethical, technological, and communications approach. Consultations with stakeholders, a literature review, and collaborative efforts have allowed us to develop secure, validated services that are relevant to the lives of Quebecers. Suicide.ca is an innovative platform that’s subject to ongoing validation.
Association québécoise de prévention du suicide works closely with multiple partners to provide the services available on suicide.ca.
Partners for the chat and text messaging support service
- Centre de prévention du suicide 02
- Centre de prévention du suicide de Québec
- Suicide Action Montréal
- Centre for Research and Intervention on Suicide, Ethical Issues and End-of-Life Practices (CRISE-UQAM)
- Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de l'Estrie - Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke
Many people had a hand in developing suicide.ca.