HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, NL, Jan. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Leona Aglukkaq,
Minister of Health, and Peter Penashue, Minister of Intergovernmental
Affairs, today announced funding for an initiative that aims to prevent
suicide by rapidly gathering the best research on suicide prevention
and making it available to community members and leaders who can put
this information swiftly into action.
"This week I've had the chance to meet with elders and community leaders
in Aboriginal communities across Labrador, and far too many of them
spoke of the shattered lives and pain caused in communities due to
suicide," said Minister Aglukkaq. "The aim of this initiative is
ultimately to help save lives by identifying the most effective
approaches to preventing suicide, particularly among high risk groups
such as Aboriginal youth."
The initiative is being carried out through the Canadian Institutes of
Health Research's Evidence on Tap program. Through a competitive, peer-reviewed process, CIHR will support
teams of researchers that will review and analyze research evidence
from across the globe on suicide prevention.
"Recently in the House of Commons, members of all parties shared
personal stories of how suicide had touched their lives personally,"
added Minister Penashue. "Today's announcement is another example of
concrete investments being made by our government to help reduce
Teams will be asked to specifically examine research on school and
community-based approaches to suicide prevention, the role of media in
preventing suicide, and interventions that focus on people at high risk
for suicide. The teams will have six months to carry their work. They
will be required to submit a report to CIHR and to hold a workshop to
share their findings with stakeholders.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of
Canada's health research investment agency. CIHR's mission is to create
new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved
health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened
Canadian health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than
14,100 health researchers and trainees across Canada.
SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Federal Minister of Health
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Office of the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
And President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada