According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, suicide is one of the top ten causes of death in Canada. It’s a serious public health problem with lasting, harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities.
Evidence has indicated that one of the most common risk factors for suicide is a diagnosis of a mental health problem or illness. Fortunately, programs and strategies are available that can make a difference.
While suicide is complex, the facts can help us appreciated how it might affect us and what we could do to reduce the risk for ourselves and those around us.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada has developed fact sheets in partnership with the Centre for Suicide Prevention to raise awareness about the different ways suicide impacts people and populations. The fact sheets focus on suicide prevention among groups who may be at increased risk:
They also examine suicide as an ongoing public health emergency in Canada
You are encouraged to download, read, and share these fact sheets broadly across your networks:
- Bullying FACT SHEET
- Injury Prevention & Suicide FACT SHEET
- Trauma Informed Care FACT SHEET
- Older Adults & Suicide FACT SHEET
- Sexual Minorities and Suicide FACT SHEET
- Transgender People and Suicide FACT SHEET
- Covid-19 and Suicide FACT SHEET
For additional information visit The Mental Health Commission of Canada site
If you are in crisis call CRISIS OUTREACH AND SUPPORT TEAM (COAST) 1-866-550-5205 for confidential crisis support 24/7.
COAST is a mobile crisis outreach and intervention service that offers immediate telephone counselling and on-site crisis outreach intervention as needed. It operates seven days a week, 24-hours a day for individuals 16 years and older experiencing a mental health crisis. Information is collected over the phone by a qualified health professional. If needed, the mobile team will assess the person in crisis in their community. Ongoing telephone support and/or referral to appropriate follow up services may be recommended to prevent further crisis.
COAST is not a rapid-response service. For life-threatening emergencies call 9-1-1.