June 2, 2021 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
Today, the Department of National Defence (DND) released the 2020 Report on Suicide Mortality in the Canadian Armed Forces. The findings from this report helps National Defence better understand suicide in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), and further refine our ongoing suicide prevention efforts. Additionally, the report will help DND make evidence-based decisions regarding investments in the CAF health and support programs.
The annual report is just one part of the CAF’s broad suicide prevention efforts described in the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada’s Joint Suicide Prevention Strategy.
The Department of National Defence understands that military members can encounter stressful and sometimes traumatic situations as a result of the work they do in service to our country. Suicide prevention remains a top priority for the CAF. While CAF members have access to a comprehensive, evidence-based, interdisciplinary primary care and mental health system, the CAF continuously strives towards reducing barriers to care, including reducing the stigma around mental illness. Numerous investments have been made to bolster CAF education and awareness programs regarding mental health and suicide, and the CAF is constantly working to enhance our health care programs and services for our members.