Suicide is a major cause of death in Canada and a major health issue:
- About 4,000 people in Canada die by suicide each year or 10 each day. That is 14 suicide deaths for every 100,000 people in Canada each year.
- There are some estimates that as many as 20% of suicide deaths are not reported.
- Every year in Canada, more people die by suicide than by motor vehicle accidents. It’s like a jumbo jet carrying 340 passengers crashing every 30 days with all lives lost.
- Women attempt suicide at a rate four times higher than men. But men die by suicide at a rate four times higher than women.
- Suicide deaths occur in all age groups. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 24. Because of isolation, illness and loneliness, seniors are at greater risk for suicide than teenagers.
- For every suicide there are many other suicide attempts. For people who feel suicidal there are many visits to emergency rooms, hospitalizations, and other interventions. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates as many as 20 attempts for every suicide. One in seven Canadians has seriously considered suicide.
- Every person who dies by suicide directly impacts at least 10 family members, friends, or colleagues.
- People who die by suicide include parents, partners, children, friends, neighbours and those from all socio-economic, age, gender, and cultural groups. No part of society is immune from possible suicide deaths. Suicide affects us all. It remains one of Canada’s most serious public health issues.
While suicide rates have been lower in Halton Region (Burlington, Oakville, Milton, Halton Hills) than across Canada, Halton residents do attempt suicide and take their own lives. Consider the following Halton information:
- An average 30 suicide deaths occur each year.
- Over 420 hospitalizations each year from attempted suicides.
- Halton Regional Police receives, on average, one call per day related to suicide.
Suicide is a health issue in Halton.