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Ottawa - Working together to build a suicide safe community for children and youth in the greater Ottawa area. The network works collaboratively to prevent and effectively respond to youth suicide by strengthening local activities, and by mobilizing and building community capacity to deal with suicide.

Waterloo – reducing suicidal behaviour and its impact on individuals, the family and the community. The Council works to increase commitment from the community regarding suicide prevention strategies, increase public awareness, collaborate with partners to increase prevention efforts, build community capacity through training and education, influence community changes to programs and implement a coordinated strategy.

Thunder Bay – working together to build, increase and enhance community capacity and mobilization around prevention of and acute response to youth suicide. The goals of the task force are to increase knowledge and awareness, mobilize as well as build community capacity, and work collaboratively to prevent and effectively respond to youth suicide.

Niagara - Promoting suicide prevention, intervention and postvention within the Niagara community since 2003. The coalition builds strong community partnerships that work together to develop a comprehensive suicide prevention strategy addressing the needs of all residents. The coalition reflects the values of a caring and compassionate community.

Ottawa – The coalition was born out of a request from the Ottawa–Carleton Health Committee. They asked the Ottawa-Carleton Health Department, now Ottawa Public Health, to prepare a report on suicides in the region in 1988. The Health Department responded by organizing community consultation meetings with over 100 individuals from different organizations to see what was being done in the area of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention, and to measure the support for a coordinated effort in the region.

Simcoe County – In 2008, Sarnia-Lambton County held a youth suicide awareness conference that featured a protocol developed locally for youth at risk of dying by suicide. Simcoe County set out to develop a similar protocol. Student support leadership funding was directed to the project and project management was provided by HealthTech Consultants (Katherine Wenrick).

Windsor - Windsor-Essex Suicide Prevention, Postvention and Awareness Committee is focused on three key objectives: Developing an environmental scan of the Windsor- Essex County community, enhancing collaboration, and building professional capacity and knowledge.

Sudbury - The goal of the Sudbury Community Crisis Intervention Steering Committee is to improve access to earlier intervention for youth and adults at risk through community collaboration.

Sudbury - Community Mobilization Sudbury (CMS) is a community partnership representing over 20 agencies from across community sectors that is funded by the North East Local Health Integration Network and Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Thunder Bay – The Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s (NAN) Life Promotion Strategy is a three-year pilot project funded by the National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy (NAYSPS) through Health Canada until 2015. The goal of the Life Promotion Strategy is to encourage young people to engage in perceiving the world in a new light.

Sarnia - The Sarnia-Lambton Youth Suicide Prevention Plan has a number of organizations and service providers that function together as a mental health support network for youth in the community.

Bruce and Grey - The Grey Bruce We C.A.R.E. Project is an initiative of community agencies, police services, and school boards that recognize the importance of working together for youth mental health, life promotion, and suicide prevention.