Year: 2004 Source: Archives of Suicide Research, v.8, no.4, (2004), p.361-374 SIEC No: 20041304

In 1992, the Canadian Firearms Act aimed at ensuring safe storage of firearms was promulgated. This study compares suicide methods 6 years prior to the enactment of the law & 5 years after its enactment. The study encompassed 426 suicide cases from Northern Quebec. Suicide by firearms decreased in the male & female population. Suicide by hanging increased among youths of both sexes, & suicide by poisoning doubled in the female population. A decrease in firearm suicides was most noticeable in the under-25 age group, although it was in this same age group the general suicide rate increased the most. (46 refs)