Jump in calls to EAP from federal public sector following cuts announced in March budget

Justice Canada lawyer committed suicide in July after receiving ‘affected notice’
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/23/2012

In the past year, the federal government’s employee assistance program (EAP) has seen a significant increase in the number of overall calls and in calls from individuals deemed a suicide risk.

In 2011, the EAP received a record 41,000 calls. By the end of August this year, it had already received 30,000 calls, according to Health Canada.

In regards to cases with an identified risk of suicide, there were 167 cases in 2011 and 155 cases in the first eight months of 2012.