Public Notice of Intent

Suicide Prevention, ICS CODE: 11.020.10 


Designation Number: CAN/HSO 5064

Standards notification on a: New Development

Type of Standard: Intervention

Status: Open for comment (15 days)

Responsible Technical Committee: TC 011 – Mental Health and Addicitons

Project Need: HSO is convening a standards Technical Committee to develop the standard for Suicide Prevention.   

This standard is intended for health and social services organizations as health care systems and providers play an important and necessary role in reducing the risk and onset of a suicide event. There is a need to better coordinate and enable access to care and support services for those at-risk for suicidality, underlying the importance of more effective collaboration and integration of suicide-related programs, interventions, and services across the continuum of care.  


HSO is developing a standard on Suicide Prevention. The HSO Suicide Prevention Safety Intervention Standard (SIS) aims to outline the responsibilities of health and social services organizations in the prevention of suicide among clients in the health, community, and social service settings. 

This revision of HSO:5064 – Suicide Prevention responds to the need for a more updated approach to the design and delivery of interventions for suicide prevention across the health and social services and will be based on the latest evidence-based best practices for the prevention of suicide in these settings.  

 The revision of HSO:5064 will also include an expansion of scope to address content gaps related to: 

  • People-centred care 
  • Organizational suicide prevention strategies 
  • Training of staff 
  • The use of validated suicide risk assessment tools 
  • Continuity of care 
  • Integration of care and services 
  • Ongoing, data-driven quality improvement 
  • Working with vulnerable individuals: witnesses and individuals affected by suicide (including patients, family members, caregivers, or other members of the care team 
  • Guidance for suicide prevention in additional care settings  
  • Strategies for suicide prevention among priority populations 

 Out of scope for this development is prevention of self-injury and self-harm, or other clinical factors associated with suicide (such as exposure to violence, mood disorders, psychosis and schizophrenia, substance use disorders, and others).  

 Applicability: Global

Proposed Timeline: December 2020

Posted on: August 28th, 2019

Contact Information: Organizations interested to support the development of this standard or wanting to be consulted as a stakeholder during the development process may contact us at Individuals, including patients, providers, health leaders and the members of the public are encouraged to provide comments through stakeholder organizations. 


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