Psychologist calls for update to N.S. suicide prevention strategy

A Nova Scotia psychologist who teaches at Dalhousie University says the province urgently needs an updated suicide prevention strategy.

Simon Sherry says almost 29 years ago there were 75 suicides a year, while in 2016 there were 134.

Sherry says suicide is a preventable public health problem, and if the strategy is updated, up to one in five of the current suicides are likely preventable.

He says strategies include limiting access to common means for suicide, building suicide-proof barriers on bridges and providing better access to medications.