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POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 45 Suicide in Canada – an overview of the infographic on page 43 An average of 10 people die by suicide each day in Canada. Of the approx. 4000 deaths by suicide each year, more than 90% were living with a mental health problem or illness. Suicide is the 9th leading cause of death in Canada. 1. Cancer 6. Diabetes 2. Heart disease 7. Alzheimer’s disease 3. Stroke 8. Influenza + pneumonia 4. Respiratory disease 9. Suicide 5. Unintentional injuries 10. Kidney disease Across the life span Children and youth (10 to 19 years) - Suicide 2nd leading cause of death - Males account for 41% of 10-14 year old suicides, increasing to 70% of 15-19 year olds - Self-harm hospitalizations 72% females Young adults (20 to 29 years) - Suicide 2nd leading cause of death - Males account for 75% of suicides - Self-harm hospitalizations 58% females Adults (30 to 44 years) - Suicide 3rd leading cause of death - Males account for 75% of suicides - Self-harm hospitalizations 56% females Adults (45 to 64 years) - Suicide 7th leading cause of death - Males account for 73% of suicides * Highest suicide rate across lifespan observed among males 45 to 59 years - Self-harm hospitalizations 56% females Seniors (65+ years) - Suicide 12th leading cause of death - Males account for 80% of suicides *Males aged 85+ experience the highest rate of suicides among seniors -Self-harm hospitalizations 52% females For every 1 suicide death there are: 5 self-inflicted injury hospitalizations 25-30 attempts 7-10 people profoundly affected by suicide loss www.canada.ca You will find a list of resources where to get help at the back of this book.

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