Suicide In Alberta

What Albertans really need to know about suicide

1. Every day in Alberta, more than one person will die as a result of a suicide
2. Approximately 500 Albertans die by suicide each year
3. Suicide is consistently a leading cause of death among Albertans
4. Suicide claims more lives annually than other more openly discussed issues such as motor vehicle collisions and homicides
5. Over 75% of those deaths are men, most between the ages of 30-69.

 
The Centre for Suicide Prevention in Calgary focuses on prevention, because prevention is the only solution to suicide.
 
I recently spent a morning with Mara G. the Executive Director of the Centre for Suicide Prevention (CSP), a branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association here in Alberta. Our conversation focused on the need for a greater awareness of the high incidence of suicide in our province. Suicide is consistently a leading cause of death among Albertans. Suicide claims more lives annually than other more openly discussed issues such as motor vehicle collisions and homicides. Alberta typically has a higher rate of suicide than the national average. Mara stated that there is a need for a “champion” to represent and promote suicide prevention on a provincial level; someone who would also unite the many grassroots, community suicide prevention initiatives currently in place.
 
CSP focuses on prevention, because prevention is the only solution to suicide.”The CSP educates people with the information, knowledge and skills necessary to respond to the risk of suicide.
 

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