Suicide Awareness Month
September is marked as the month of suicide prevention and awareness. In honour of suicide awareness month, here are some relevant facts and information that may be helpful to you or a loved one that could be struggling with suicidal thoughts or depression.
Approximately 4000 people die as a result of suicide every year in Canada and it is the second leading cause of death for individuals between the ages of 15 and 34 years of age.
There are many warning signs to be aware of that can indicate that an individual is thinking of taking their life. However, symptoms are not always easy to recognize and are often overlooked when regarding close family and friends. Some signs to look out for include talk of unbearable pain, hopelessness and suicide, increased substance use, aggression, fatigue, isolation, unexpected reaching out to family and friends and loss of interest in pleasurable activities.
If you or someone you know are having thoughts of suicide or self-harm please call 911, go to your nearest emergency services or contact your local suicide prevention line.