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?
- Call Crisis Services Canada at 1.833.456.4566 (24/7, toll-free) or text 45645. Wait times on text are longer than usual. The fastest way is to call.
- Call Health Link at 811 or the Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Distress Centre Calgary offers 24-Hour free support Crisis Line – 403.266.HELP (4357) available in over 200 languages. Hearing Impaired – 403.543.1967
- Kids Help Phone provides information, tools and resources to support young people who are having suicidal thoughts.
- For all Alberta youth text and online chat options are available through Calgary ConnecTeen. Visit calgaryconnecteen.com or text 587-333-2724.
Word of the Day:Disproportionately: to an extent that is too large or too small compared with something else