Studies indicate that 90% of all suicide victims had a diagnosable psychiatric illness. Studies have also shown that 8 out of 10 people who die by suicide give some, or even many indications of their intentions. In 2008, 3,705 people committed suicide in Canada alone; this had increased by 3% from 2007. Over the last 10 years more men have died by suicide than in car crashes, and over the last 45 years, suicide rates have increased by 60% worldwide. In Canada, suicide accounts for 24% of deaths in 15-24 year-olds - Nearly half of youth who attempt suicide, do so before the age of 15. The suicide rate for Canadians is 10 per 100,000 people. The rate for Inuit people living in Northern Canada is 60-75 per 100,000 people. Suicide is the most common cause of death for people with schizophrenia, and is the second leading cause of death in Canadians aged 15-24.


COAST - Crisis Outreach and Support Team
COAST is a mobile crisis team made up of Crisis Workers who can assist in a mental health-related crisis situation. If someone is in immediate crisis or emergency call 911 or if in crisis and needing support contact COAST.

Hamilton Region: 1-905-972-8338
Halton Region: 1-877-825-9011
Peel Region: 1-905-278-9036