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World Suicide Prevention Day 2017

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. Every year, more than 800,000 people die by suicide and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt. It is estimated that 20 - 40% of people living with schizophrenia make suicide attempts and over 10% of individuals with schizophrenia eventually complete suicide.  

The theme this year is "Take a Minute, Change a Life."

SSO recognizes the importance of preventing suicide and has resources available on our website. We will also keep the conversation going on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #WSPD.

According to the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP): 

  • It's estimated that more than 3,000,000 Canadians have been affected by suicide
  • Suicide is the leading cause of injury-related death in Canada
  • Men of working age die by suicide 3 to 4 times more often than women
  • Although suicide deaths affect almost all age groups, middle-aged men (40 to 59) have the highest rates

Check out these resources for more information on suicide:


WHO suicide fact sheet

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention

CAMH Suicide information