Approximately 4000 Canadians across all ages die by suicide each year. It is a major cause of preventable and premature death in Canada, accounting for 24% of all deaths among 15-24 year olds, and 16% among 25-44 year olds.
A person will most often take their own life if they have lost hope, feel helpless, or perceive death as the only way to end their pain. 90% of suicide victims have a diagnosable psychiatric illness, most commonly a mood disorder or psychotic disorder.
Contributing Sources: Canadian Mental Health Association, Statistics Canada, Mental Health First Aid Canada.
If you, or someone you know, is considering suicide, get help:
If the situation is NOT immediately critical, you have options:
As applicable, contact the person’s psychiatrist, family doctor (who can prescribe medications and make referrals) or your company’s Employee and Family Assistance Program.