On behalf of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Wisdom2Action has undertaken a research and stakeholder engagement initiative to identify and confirm gaps in youth suicide prevention research in Canada. The purpose of this initiative is to better understand the state of youth suicide prevention research, and to identify gaps in both research and knowledge mobilization, all to inform and strengthen the national suicide prevention research agenda.
If you would like to share your perspective on youth suicide prevention research gaps, and inform our report to PHAC on key areas for additional research, here are some ways to become involved:
Wisdom2Action has formed a youth advisory committee to help ensure young people are engaged at every step of the process. YAC members provide guidance at every stage of this project, including advising on engagement mechanisms, conducting interviews, hosting focus groups and analyzing engagement findings.
During phase one of this project, we conducted a review of current peer-reviewed research on youth suicide and its prevention. Following this review, we analyzed our findings to identify potential gaps, as well as opportunities to strengthen the research base moving forward.
The second phase of this initiative focuses on engaging with key stakeholders across Canada, to validate and confirm the gaps identified during phase one. This phase will ensure our recommendations to the PHAC are informed and strengthened by the perspectives of young people, including families, researchers and service providers from diverse communities in Canada.