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Suicide is the leading cause of death due to illness among Canadian youth, claiming more lives than any medical illness, including cancer. Youth who present to the Emergency Department (ED) with suicide related thoughts and behaviours often do not receive the immediate care they need. Prevention is possible, and early intervention is urgently needed.

This study is the first clinical trial of a youth suicide intervention in Canada. The SAFE intervention is a brief family-focused program for youth aged 12-17 who present to the ED with suicidal ideation. SAFE was originally developed for youth admitted to the Psychiatric Inpatient Unit at SickKids where it continues to be used. We are interested in whether the SAFE intervention is effective in those who do not stay in the hospital.

The Safety Study is expanding to include McMaster Children’s Hospital and Alberta Children’s Hospital, in addition to SickKids. This is the first step toward developing an effective ED-based suicide prevention program that can be implemented across Canada.

What Is the Study About?

Participants in this study are enrolled in one

of two programs for preventing suicidal thoughts

and behaviours in addition to

usual care

Participants in this study are enrolled


Contact the research team at:

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