Presentation on theme: "Suicide Prevention. Suicide is currently the fifth leading cause of death among Canadians. Cancer, heart disease, cardiovascular disease and unintentional."— Presentation transcript:
Suicide is currently the fifth leading cause of death among Canadians. Cancer, heart disease, cardiovascular disease and unintentional injuries only exceeded suicide deaths. Fact #1
Fact #2 Each year, some 4,000 Canadians take their own lives. Suicide and suicidal behaviour affects one in 13 Canadians, regardless of age, culture, income and education.
Fact #3 Between 70% and 80% of Canadian youth consider suicide before graduation.
Fact #4 In 1997, 401 suicides were completed in Alberta 98% (393) of which were completed by residents of Alberta.
Fact #5 Some point during their lifetime, and approximately one in ten will seriously consider it.
Fact #6 Suicide is a complex process. The cause is typically not attributed to a single factor.
Fact #7 Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Canadian youth aged
Fact #8 Up to 30% of gay and lesbian youth attempt suicide.
Fact #9 In Canada over 25,000 youth attempt suicide annually and over 250 complete.
Fact 10 Research suggests that adolescents who use marijuana and/or cigarettes are at increased risk of suicide. Studies have also found that as many as 20% of those who die by suicide have used cocaine in the days prior to death.
Fact #11 A suicide attempt is regarded as an indicator of further attempts. It is likely that the level of danger will increase with each further suicide attempt.
Fact# 12 Nationally, Alberta’s suicide rate per 100,000 population is ranked second among Canada’s provinces. The highest rate in Canadian provinces was Quebec and the lowest rate among Canadian provinces was Newfoundland.
Fact #13 Suicide is the leading cause of injury death among Albertans, accounting for nearly one third of all injury fatalities.
Fact #14 Each year, on average, 294 Canadian youths die from suicide, which is ¼ of all youth deaths. Many more attempt it.
Fact #15 Aboriginal Canadians especially young native males are especially at risk of suicide. Some aboriginal communities have rates 3-5 times higher than the general population.
Fact #16 People with personality disorders are approximately three times as likely to die by suicide than those without. Between 25 and 50% of these individuals also have a substance abuse disorder or major depressive disorder.
Fact #17 About 80% of people give some signals that they are suicidal before taking their own life.
Fact #18 Suicide is generally carried out without warning. 30% of suicides have been preceded with warning signs.
Canadian Mental Health Association
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30 pm For further information on these programs, contact: Phone: rvices/suicide/index.aspx Contact Information
Various Mental Health Services
Distress Center Distress Centre Telephone: (24 Hour) Toll Free: Fax: TTY: Pager: Website:
OBAD The Organization For Bipolar Affective Disorders Society Kaj Korvela, Executive Director th Ave SW Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2P 1A8 Phone: (403)