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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Physician-Assisted Death/MAID and Suicide

References Bill C-14: An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying). (2016). Assented to June 17, 2016, 42nd Parliament, 1st session. Retrieved from the Justice Laws website: https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/PDF/2016_3.pdf Brody, H. (1995). Physician-assisted suicide: Family issues. Michigan Family Review, 1(1), 19-28. de Groot, M., de […]

A Caring Conversation: What Suicide Prevention Can Look Like

infoExchange is an original resource that examines topics relating to suicide in a way that encourages conversation, written in an editorial style. “I was officially diagnosed bipolar when I was thirty years old. It was at that breakdown, when I was thirty and ended up in the hospital that I truly felt so disconnected and […]

You can help someone who is thinking about suicide

Cliquez ici pour la version française Haga clic aquí para ver la versión en español Today is September 10, World Suicide Prevention Day. This is the one day a year focused solely on awareness around the issue of suicide and its prevention and this year, we’re spreading the message that suicide can affect anyone and […]

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

Suicide prevention in the workplace

Learn some myths and facts about suicide, and more about suicide prevention in the workplace in this webinar was hosted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), presented by the Centre for Suicide Prevention on November 29, 2017. View this webinar on the MHCC website This webinar was based on content provided in our […]

Trauma informed care 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, the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention. For more information on Trauma and suicide, check out our suite of trauma toolkits:  Trauma […]

Injury prevention 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, the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention. What is it? Injury prevention aims to reduce harm and increase safety for individuals, […]

Bullying 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, the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention. What is it? Bullying is related to negative psychological, emotional and behavioural outcomes. These […]

Aiming for Perfection: The Zero Suicide Movement

infoExchange is an original resource that examines topics relating to suicide in a way that encourages conversation, written in an editorial style. There is a movement within healthcare systems striving to eliminate suicide. Fittingly, it is called the Zero Suicide Movement. When I first heard this name a couple of years ago, I did a […]

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 […]

The workplace and suicide prevention

The workplace is a major part of the lives of most Canadians. Many of us spend upwards of 60% of our waking hours at work (Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, 2016). Therefore, when a colleague dies by suicide the emotional and financial costs are enormous not only to family members, but to co-workers and the […]