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). […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Transgender people 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. Transgender (trans) people face unique stressors, including the stress some trans people experience when their gender identity is not affirmed. Trans people also […]

After a student suicide

A suicide in a school community is devastating to staff, students, and families. Some individuals may be unable to cope and the community as a whole may struggle with how to respond. In a state of shock, school administrators may be uncertain of what steps to take. This toolkit provides practical information to schools for […]

Transgender people and suicide

Related resources: Transgender people and suicide fact sheet Sexual minorities and suicide toolkit Sexual minorities and suicide fact sheet Transgender (trans) people face unique stressors, including the stress some trans people experience when their gender identity is not affirmed. Trans people also experience higher rates of discrimination and harassment than their cisgender counterparts and, as […]

Sexual minorities and suicide prevention

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Related resources: Transgender people and suicide fact sheet Transgender people and suicide toolkit Sexual minorities and suicide fact sheet Because sexual orientation is not usually included in a cause of death report or on a death certificate, there is little data connecting sexual minorities and suicide. However, we know from survey data, as well as […]

Suicide myths and facts

In this video, we debunk some common myths about suicide in an effort to educate and reduce stigma! Video created by: Aaron Bischoff; Ethan Ror; Sarah Ensz

What additional resources are needed to prevent suicide?

Having people trained in suicide intervention and suicide prevention is not enough to prevent suicide. That’s a huge step, and that’s something all of us can do but there are four big categories for suicide prevention that are promoted by the World Health Organization; four big categories of categories or initiatives that we can do. […]

What is the cost of suicide?

If we’ve looking to put a dollar figure on a suicide death, it would probably be over a million dollars per death. That sounds exorbitant, and it really is. There was a study done about 20 years ago in the Maritimes that costed out a suicide death at $850,000 so 20 years later we can […]

How prevalent is suicide?

The prevalence of suicide is an interesting question because we think it’s far too prevalent, but in a population it is a rare occurrence and people need to understand that we are hard-wired to live. Having the capability for suicide is very rare, and it’s a very difficult thing to do. It goes against our […]

Why is suicide prevention education important?

Suicide can be prevented if we learn to recognize the people considering suicide. Before we can learn to recognize the people considering suicide or the invitations they might give out, what we need to do is examine our own beliefs and values. Do we think suicide can be prevented? Or do we think it’s always […]

An open letter to my fellow “southern” Canadians

Written in honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day.  I had the privilege of visiting Canada’s north last fall. It was a tremendously moving experience, one that has motivated me to write about it for the benefit of others. As we approach Canada’s 150th year, more and more attention is being paid to the diversity and […]

Thirteen Reasons Why Lesson Plan

This 4-lesson plan set, developed by the Centre for Suicide Prevention, is for Health and Life Skills teachers teaching about suicide prevention using the Jay Asher novel Thirteen Reasons Why. The novel is intended to be read between lessons #1 and #2. Unit rationale Students will begin to identify the complexity of suicide in order […]

Youth at Risk

For adults For youth How to ask for help Don’t blame yourself! Being unwell, whether physically or mentally, is not a sign of weakness or failure. Looking and asking for help is a sign of strength. As difficult as it is, the first step to finding solutions other than suicide is to ask for help. […]

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Suicide Attempt Survivors and the Value of Lived Experience

The statistics, research, language, and links used were current when this article was published, but may have become outdated. Please contact us at [email protected] for the most current information, or refer to our newer resources or latest statistics.  infoExchange is an original resource that examines topics relating to suicide in a way that encourages conversation, […]