Year: 2016 Source: Winnipeg, MB: Office of the Children's Adovcate SIEC No: 20160201

While suicide is the ninth leading cause of death for people of all ages in Canada, suicide is the second leading cause of death among young Canadians aged 15-24 (Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto, 2015; Navaneelan, 2012). This high rate of premature death in young people has been on the rise for many years. In 1974, suicide accounted for 9% of all deaths of young Canadians, by 2009, that had risen to 23% of all deaths of Canadian youth (Navaneelan, 2012).