Substance use disorder and suicide

Updated September 2022 Expert reviewer Dr. Kenneth Conner Psy.D., M.P.H., Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center Dr. Conner is a noted researcher on alcohol and drug use and suicidal behaviours. Introduction Substance use disorder is the second most frequent risk factor for suicidal behaviour after depression. People who are experiencing a […]

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Alberta suicide stats by region and age

Alberta’s provincial suicide statistics broken down by region and age. Additional resource: Edmonton Suicide Trends Report Compiled by the Centre for Suicide Prevention Last update: July 12, 2022

Rural and remote communities and suicide prevention

Cliquez ici pour la version française Click here to view all our fact sheets on suicide. These fact sheets are a collaboration between the Centre for Suicide Prevention and the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Introduction Suicide rates are higher in Canada’s rural areas (Hirsch & Cukrowicz, 2014; Barry et al., 2020). People there also […]

Men and suicide

Cliquez ici pour la version française Click here to view all our fact sheets on suicide. These fact sheets are a collaboration between the Centre for Suicide Prevention and the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Introduction Middle-aged men (40 to 60) die by suicide more than anyone, including young people and women (Statistics Canada, 2019). […]

Agriculture and suicide

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Cliquez ici pour la version française Click here to view all our fact sheets on suicide. These fact sheets are a collaboration between the Centre for Suicide Prevention and the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Introduction Farming and ranching are considered two of the most stressful occupations, both physically and mentally. Unique factors associated with agricultural work may […]

Public health and suicide prevention

Cliquez ici pour la version française Click here to view all our fact sheets on suicide. These fact sheets are a collaboration between the Centre for Suicide Prevention and the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Introduction Suicide in Canada is an ongoing public health crisis. While it continues to be a high-ranking cause of death […]

Youth and suicide prevention

Cliquez ici pour la version française Click here to view all our fact sheets on suicide. These fact sheets are a collaboration between the Centre for Suicide Prevention and the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Introduction Young people face significant internal and external stressors, including social, physiological, and neurological change. Being an adolescent can involve […]

Cross-Canada statistics

Data sources across all provinces and territories are updated at differing time periods; as such, recent data may be incomplete due to delays in reporting. This spreadsheet provides statistics across Canada for all provinces and territories. Compiled by the Centre for Suicide Prevention Last update: January 25, 2022 Other available statistics: Alberta suicide stats by […]

Suicide stats for Canada, provinces and territories

Canada and all jurisdictions suicide statistics from Statistics Canada All of these statistics are sourced from Statistics Canada. StatsCan suppresses data points that are less than 5 to ensure confidentiality. Data are collected in April and October and include all deaths investigated by a coroner or medical examiner for the previous calendar year and any […]

Together to Live website

We’re excited to announce the (re)launch of Together to Live, your step by step guide to creating a community suicide prevention plan. Together to Live includes: a planning guide that will walk you through developing, implementing, and evaluating a community suicide prevention plan real stories of communities who have taken action to prevent suicide that […]

Indigenous people, trauma, and suicide prevention

This toolkit is one of a suite of three focused on trauma. The full suite includes: Trauma and suicide, Trauma and suicide in children and Trauma and suicide in Indigenous people.  Expert reviewer: Ed Connors Ph.D., C.Psych. Dr. Connors is of Mohawk ancestry from Kahnawake Mohawk Territory. Introduction First Nations, Inuit and Métis are collectively referred […]

The accuracy and reliability of suicide statistics: Why it matters

infoExchange is an original resource that examines topics relating to suicide in a way that encourages conversation, written in an editorial style. This article is also available in a condensed blog version. Suicide has been a hidden and unspoken action for centuries. Religious proscriptions and, later, legal penalties kept it underground and secret. In western […]

How do I talk to someone thinking about suicide?

In this video, executive director Mara Grunau talks about how to recognize someone who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide and how to have a conversation and connect them to help. Video topics include: Warning signs for suicide How to have a conversation with someone How to connect them to help If you or […]

Guidelines for sharing experiences with suicide

This guide will provide suggestions and considerations for those impacted by suicide who would like to publicly share their experiences. People who have been impacted by suicide, either through a suicide loss or a suicide attempt, may derive a lot of strength and growth by sharing their experience. They can be passionate advocates for suicide […]

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Outils pour la prévention du suicide chez les hommes

Comment parler avec une personne qui vous inquiète Les hommes et le suicide Statistiques Signaux d’alerte Facteurs de risque et de protection Le paradoxe du sexe Masculinité et suicide Comment prévenir le suicide chez les hommes? Lecture recommandée Références Be a Champion for Buddy Up (en anglais seulement) Comment parler avec une personne qui vous […]

Children and Suicide

This toolkit is also available in Portuguese with Brazilian statistics. Statistics show that there are very few suicides of children. While this is positive, child suicide deaths are often officially reported as accidents or unintentional deaths so they are likely under-reported (Gray et al., 2014). Although child suicide deaths are statistically rare, some children do […]

Preventing suicide in men

How to talk to someone you’re worried about Why are men at risk of suicide? Statistics Warning signs Risk and protective factors The gender paradox Masculinity and suicide How can suicide in men be prevented? Recommended reading References Be a Champion for Buddy Up How to talk to someone you’re worried about 1. Pay attention […]

Community-led life promotion plans for Indigenous youth and communities

This guide is an invitation to bring together youth, Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and those who work with young people to plan and implement life promotion strategies and actions that support the community. This guide will lead readers through a process of developing a life promotion plan for youth, based on a framework: life, people, strengths, […]

Safety plans to prevent suicide

Cliquez ici pour la version française Expert Reviewer: Dr. Yvonne Bergmans PhD, RSW While some people who consider suicide do so fleetingly or only once in their lives, others experience these thoughts ongoing or off and on over time. Suicidal thoughts can burden people and hold them hostage. Experiencing these thoughts is to experience “absolute […]

Older adults and suicide

Cliquez ici pour la version française. Click here to view all our fact sheets on suicide. These fact sheets are a collaboration between the Centre for Suicide Prevention and the Mental Health Commission of Canada. People 65 years and older, especially men, have a high risk of suicide. As Canada’s largest population group, the baby boomers, approach the […]

Sexual minorities and suicide

Cliquez ici pour la version française Click here to view all our fact sheets on suicide. We also have a toolkit on sexual minorities and suicide.  These fact sheets are a collaboration between the Centre for Suicide Prevention and the Mental Health Commission of Canada. LGB people face stressors that are unique, including the experience of discrimination and […]