IJSSH-201934

The Exploration of a Multifaceted Approach to Suicide Prevention in Post-secondary Institutions

Vicki Squires, PhD

Abstract

Suicide is a leading cause of death worldwide (World Health Organization, 2017) and the student population in post-secondary education (PSE) institutions is not immune. Because suicide and suicide-related ideation, communication, and behaviours are prevalent in Canadian PSE, a framework is necessary to address suicide prevention and intervention on campuses.  This paper focuses on the issue of suicide including the prevalence of suicide on campuses, risk factors, protective factors, and warning signs. Three promising multifaceted, public health inspired frameworks are reviewed because suicide and suicide-related ideation, communication, and behaviours are complicated and complex and require campus-wide strategies.