World Suicide Prevention Day September 10

Lisa C. Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day.

According to statistics, about 4,000 people die by suicide in Canada each year. In Alberta, suicide is consistently a leading cause of death among those ages 30-69.

Certain groups in Alberta are disproportionately affected by suicide, including
  • people with mental illness or addiction
  • socio-economically disadvantaged people
  • Indigenous communities
  • men and boys
  • members of the LGBTQ+ community

Suicide is preventable and talking about suicide is the first step to prevention!

Know someone thinking about suicide? Look out for these signs:
  • Talk or threats to harm oneself
  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Increased drug or alcohol use
  • Anxiety, agitation or uncontrolled anger
  • Withdrawal from friends, family and society
  • Dramatic mood changes
Where to get support and help?

Word of the Day:

Disproportionately: to an extent that is too large or too small compared with something else

More information:

https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/injprev/Page4875.aspx

https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca