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Statistics

  • Close to 800,000 people die by suicide every year across the globe (2019 World Health Organization report on suicide prevention)
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death globally among 15 to 29-year-olds (2019 World Health Organization report on suicide prevention)
  • There are indications that for each adult who dies of suicide, there are many more people who attempt it (2019 World Health Organization report on suicide prevention)
  • Approximately 11 people will end their lives by suicide today in Canada, and an average of 275 people attempt suicide every day (2019 Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention)
  • Suicide occurs across all age, economic, social, and ethnic boundaries (2019 Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention)
  • Suicide and mental health problems are deeply connected; it is estimated that more than 80 percent of people who die by suicide were experiencing a mental health problem or illness (2018 Mental Health Commission of Canada)
  • There is an increased risk of suicidal behaviour in people who have experienced interpersonal violence including child maltreatment, bullying, dating violence, and community violence (2018 Mental Health Commission of Canada)
  • In 2016, the Public Health Agency of Canada published the Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention, which aims to provide guidance on how different actors in suicide prevention can work together to optimize their efforts and meaningfully prevent suicide in Canada (2018 Mental Health Commission of Canada)
  • BC’s suicide rates reached a peak in 2019 over the last decade, with more than 650 deaths (2020 BC Coroners Service)
  • 11% of male students and 23% of female students in BC reported having thoughts of suicide in 2020. Among non-binary students, 44% had seriously considered suicide, and 17% had attempted suicide in the past year. (2018 McCreary Centre Society Report on BC Adolescent Health Survey)
  • Increasing awareness of suicide through universal education programming is identified as a fundamental component of mental health promotion and suicide prevention (Mental Health Commission of Canada, 2013)