Suicide Prevention Brant

The purpose of the Suicide Prevention Brant committee is to provide strategic direction and leadership to help make Brantford/Brant a suicide safer community; and support the implementation and awareness of the Suicide Prevention Protocol.

Suicide Prevention Brant coordinates and plans with community services, persons with lived experience, volunteers, and school boards to further partnerships and improve service coordination regarding suicide prevention, intervention, and post-vention services. This collaborative effort aims to reduce the incidence of suicide and impact of suicide.

Connection to Woodview

As the Lead Agency for Child & Youth Mental Health in Brant, Woodview has chosen to fund a Suicide Prevention Coordinator position, a role that co-chairs the meetings and helps to mobilize the work of the committee.

What are the Guiding Principles of Suicide Prevention Brant?

The following principles are foundational to the intent and purpose of the committee:

  • Suicide prevention, intervention and post-vention are everyone’s responsibility;
  • Suicidality is an interaction of multiple factors including biological, psychological and social components;
  • Community, health and school based services/programs play equally important roles providing suicide prevention programs;
  • Brant is a distinctive community with unique factors influencing suicide rates, overall mental health issues and service delivery;
  • Suicide issues impact all ages – there is an ongoing need for prevention, intervention and post-vention services/programs.
Who is involved in Suicide Prevention Brant?

There has been a suicide prevention committee in Brantford since 2005.  The committee was revamped in 2014 and is now known as Suicide Prevention Brant.

Suicide Prevention Brant is made up of representatives from a variety of community groups including mental health, public health, police, education, social services, child welfare, municipal services, and faith-based services who have come together to develop a strategy for working together to raise the profile of suicide as an issue, and to educate the community in how every member can play a role in reducing the incidence of suicide.

Membership of the Suicide Prevention Committee of Brant is open to residents and employees in the City of Brantford, the County of Brant, Six Nations of the Grand River, and Mississaugas of the Credit, including:

  • organizations providing mental health services to children, youth, adults, and their families;
  • service providers in education, health, municipal, justice, child welfare; and who provide support services in the community
  • interested persons in the community
How can I receive training in suicide prevention?

Through the partnerships formed in Suicide Prevention Brant as a collective we are able to offer cost effective suicide prevention training to individuals, organizations, and groups throughout the year.

We offer the following suicide prevention training:

Be Safe App

The Be Safe app is a free mobile application for your phone that you can download through the Apple Store, Google Play or on the Be Safe App website.

The Be Safe app offers information and links to suicide prevention and intervention services available specifically in Brantford and Brant.

This app allows you to store a personal safety plan and carry around suicide prevention service contact information with you all in one app.

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Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group of Brant

Suicide bereavement is a unique type of grieving. In addition to the profound sense of loss, survivors are also left with a deep sense of guilt, regret, and shame. This group is an opportunity for survivors to connect with other survivors and talk openly about suicide, with people who really understand what you are going through.  An important part of the healing process is the opportunity to share and express your grief with other survivors. The group is facilitated by persons who have lost loved ones to suicide.

For more information, or to register for the group please visit: https://bhn.cmha.ca/programs-services/suicide-bereavement-support-group-of-brant/

If you are in need of immediate support please call:
  • 911 or
  • St. Leonard’s Mental Health Crisis Line at 519-759-7188 or toll free at 1-866-811-7188.  The Mental Health Crisis Line provides immediate telephone crisis support and/or counselling for individuals experiencing a mental health or situational crisis (24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year). All ages.
  • Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 or visit: https://kidshelpphone.ca/ 

Please note that this page is not monitored for comments, and is not equipped or capable of crisis support.

How can I learn more about suicide prevention in Brant?

For more information on suicide prevention services including prevention, intervention, and post-vention and mental health services available to support you, please visit: https://info-bhn.cioc.ca/

To learn more about Suicide Prevention Brant initiatives, events, and upcoming training opportunities, please visit us on Facebook at HopeMore Brant 

Contact Information

If you have questions regarding the information on this page please call:

Sarah Precious
Suicide Prevention Coordinator
Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services
519-752-5308 ext. 131
or press “0” to speak to the front desk

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