Suicide among the aged in Canada.
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Published by Policy, Planning and Information Branch, Dept. of National Health and Welfare in Ottawa .
Written in English


  • Older people -- Canada,
  • Suicide -- In old age.,
  • Suicide -- Occurrence -- Canada.,
  • Suicide -- Canada.

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Edition Notes

ContributionsCanada. Dept. of National Health and Welfare. Policy, Planning and Information Branch.
LC ClassificationsHV6548.C3 S8, HV6548C2 S8 1982
The Physical Object
Pagination73 p. :
Number of Pages73
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL18913400M

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Suicide is a critical issue in Canada. Around 11 Canadians die by suicide each day, and more than attempt suicide. Suicide is one of the 10 leading causes of death. Approximately 12/, individuals aged 65 years or over die by suicide in Canada annually. Suicide is most prevalent among older white men; risk is associated with suicidal ideation or behavior, mental illness, personality vulnerability, medical illness, losses and poor social supports, functional impairment, and low resiliency. Canadians 15 to 24 years old had a higher rate of depression than any other age group. Suicide is the second leading cause of death (after accidents), accounting for nearly a quarter of deaths in.   The suicide rate among First Nations people was three times higher than in non-Indigenous populations between and in Canada, and 40 per cent among Inuit adults aged .

  Even a one percent increase in the suicide rate among high school students would cause more deaths than have died with COVID so far in that age group. Information about suicide in infographic form. An average of 10 people die by suicide each day in Canada. Of the approx. deaths by suicide each year, more than 90% were living with a mental health problem or illness.   A report by Statistics Canada states that men aged 85 to 89 have the highest rate of suicide among any age group in Canada, at a rate of about . Many people may not know that suicide rates remain higher among older than younger adults, especially older men — who are about 85 percent of suicide victims aged 65 years or older.

Among Canadians aged 15 to 24, suicide ranked second among the most common causes of death during –, accounting for one-fifth of total mortality. In the 45 to 54 age group, its rank was fourth over these years, the cause of 6 per cent of all deaths.   A report by Statistic Canada states that men aged 85 to 89 have the highest rate of suicide among any age group in Canada, at a rate of about . Suicide rates have increased by more than 30 percent since in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). States that have seen the largest increases include Utah, Wyoming, Kansas, South Carolina, Vermont, and New Hampshire, among several others.   A Statistics Canada report’s central finding — that First Nations people die by suicide at three times the rate of non-Indigenous Canadians, Inuit at nine times the rate, and Métis at two times — illustrates a crisis but is not likely to surprise those familiar with previous statistics. For those unfamiliar, it puts Inuit among the people with the highest rates of suicide.