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Suicide is Not an Option: Please Hold on to Life!


Suicide is preventable, and it is a subject that many people feel uncomfortable discussing. While a person should demonstrate caution when talking about suicide, it is a topic that should be discussed. Talking about suicide will not cause someone to become suicidal or increase the risk.  In fact, the most important thing to realize is that help is available. Having a conversation openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life. So do not wait. Start the dialogue and reach out to someone. 


In Canada, 4,000 people die by suicide every year. This is an average of 11 suicides a day, according to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Seventy five percent of these suicides involve men; however, females frequently attempt suicide at a rate that is three times higher than men. Suicide can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender, religion, ethnicity and economic status. In Canada, suicide is the second highest cause of death among youth aged 10-19. The rate of suicide among youth ages 10-14 and 15-19, are 11 % and 23%, respectively. 


Aboriginal people in Canada have suffered from a higher rate of suicide than the general population. It has been reported that, in the aboriginal communities there is inadequate information on how to effectively deal with the high rate of suicide. 


According to Health Canada, suicide and self-inflicted injuries are the leading causes of death for First Nations youth and adults up to 44 years of age. First Nations youth commit suicide five to six times more often than non-Aboriginal youth. The suicide rate for First Nations males is 126 per 100,000 compared to 24 per 100,000 for non-Aboriginal males. Don't let embarrassment stand in the way of vital communication with your physician, family, or friends about suicidal thoughts. Take immediate action and talk to somebody today. 


When people don't understand the facts about suicide and depressive illnesses, they may act in ways that can limit communication and cause the mentally ill individual’s feelings to worsen. That’s why it's important to find someone you trust and can talk with honestly and openly. This is also why your mental health professional is an important resource in helping you and your family.


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  • Note: The information provided should not be used as a substitute for suicide counselling. If you or someone you know may be at risk of committing suicide, please contact a doctor; go to the nearest hospital or emergency services in your area, to get professional help.

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