September 6, 2012 - Recently
the Peel District School Board community was shaken by a series of teen
suicides. Soldiers are another cohort
whose suicide rate has made news. Deaths by suicide in the aboriginal community
have been disproportionately high for years. Suicide is an event that challenges our basic
assumptions and leaves families and friends deeply troubled.
estimated 4,000 Canadians – and one million people worldwide – die by suicide
each year, yet it remains
a taboo subject that has not been discussed openly.
Prevention Day was created by the International
Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) to end the silence, encourage
discussion and ultimately help prevent deaths from suicide.
theme is Suicide Prevention Across the Globe: Strengthening Protective Factors
and Instilling Hope, emphasizing that suicide is a global problem that can, and
does, affect anyone, anywhere.
a hospital, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) treats the
illnesses that can lead to suicide, but CAMH also plays a system role in health promotion, prevention,
education and research.
- CAMH’s Centre of Prevention Science’s new
school-based prevention program embeds mental health and suicide
prevention into the highly successful Fourth R Program, applying
best-practice approaches to building relationship skills and reducing harm
- CAMH research impacting suicide is
continuous and diverse, such as this newly
awarded to Dr. Clement Zai, to identify
novel DNA variants that contribute to the risk of suicidal behaviour. His goal is to
develop genetic screening tools and identify medications that might reduce
CAMH has online resources for available for people
who would like to learn more or have been affected by suicide:
on suicide: List of symptoms, how to help someone else, and treatment
resources if you need help.
The numbers are staggering
- Suicide is the second leading
cause of death among Canadian youth aged 15-24 (after vehicular
- About 90 per cent of people who
have died by suicide have at least one mental health disorder.
- Suicide rates are
five to seven times higher for First Nations youth than for non-Aboriginal
- Suicide rates among
Inuit youth are among the highest in the world, at 11 times the national
contact: Michael Torres, CAMH Media Relations, 416-595-6015; or by email at
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and
addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research
centres in the area of addiction and mental health. CAMH combines clinical
care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help
transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.
is fully affiliated with the University
of Toronto, and is a Pan
American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.