IT IS TIME TO TALK ABOUT IT!
Every year, over 3,500 Canadians die by suicide and it is reported by the World Health Organization (2014 report), that over 800,000 people a year commit suicide globally, and is reported as the second leading cause of death among 15 – 44 year olds.
WHO DOES IT AFFECT?
Studies show that up to 90% of people who take their own lives have depression, substance use problems or another mental illness—whether diagnosed or not—at the time of their suicide.
In British Columbia, the average age of individuals who die by suicide is 47. In Canada, there are three male suicides for every female death by suicide. However, women are more likely than men to attempt to take their own life.
Most individuals who attempt suicide are doing so in an attempt to escape pain, turmoil, or mental anguish and do not necessarily want to die. Often, individuals with undiagnosed mental issues including depression have gone undiagnosed which can lead to suicidal attempts.
Suicide rates are increasing every year, 60% in that last 45 years. With no biases, there are over 500 suicides in Canada per year. These statistics, alarming, are even more so, since it is estimated that there are approximately 20 times more attempted suicides.
Often individuals are suffering in silence, symptoms may go unnoticed by those closest. That is why we need to have these discussions.
CANADA WIDE SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE…
The new Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS) enables callers anywhere in Canada to access crisis support using the technology of their choice (phone, text or chat), in French or English:
KidsHelpPhone Ages 20 Years and Under in Canada 1-800-668-6868
First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness 24/7 Help Line 1-855-242-3310
Canadian Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line 1-866-925-4419
Trans LifeLine – All Ages 1-877-330-6366