Suicide is the intentional act of ending one’s own life. In Canada, an average of 10 people die by suicide each day according to Statistics Canada, making it the 9th leading cause of death in Canada as of 2018. These numbers are alarming, especially with risk factors being high for those between the ages of 15-24.
We also know that people who are contemplating suicide do want help and that for some suicide seems to be the only choice because there’s no other solution to escape something that might be emotionally overwhelming or painful for that person. Knowing this, it’s important that we look out for signs of suicide so we can all work together to limit the number of deaths as a result of suicide.
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These lists are not inclusive of all experiences when it comes to recognizing signs of suicide. It’s important to talk to someone you trust about what you’re experiencing and to see support from a medical professional. Crisis Services Canada is also a great support. You can call 1-833-456-4566 or text “start” to 45645.
This article was written by Vivian Zhang during their time at Shift Collab.
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