Suicide is tragic and distressing. Families, friends and communities are deeply affected following a death by suicide. This reinforces the urgency for a better understanding and prevention of suicide. In 2022, Statistics Canada reported that approximately 4,500 people die by suicide every year. We also know that for every 1 suicide death, there are 7–10 people profoundly affected by suicide loss.
Dr. James Bolton, Medical Director of Shared Health Crisis Response Services and Health Sciences Centre Emergency Psychiatry, said it best, “As difficult as these statistics are to read, they serve to highlight the magnitude of the impacts of suicide in our community and why it’s imperative to remember that, however uncomfortable it can be to discuss suicide, it’s a conversation we need to have.”
People at risk of suicide are often seen in healthcare settings – we want to have that conversation. We want to connect with you and will ask about your mental and physical health.
If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, reach out. We are here to listen and help.
If you or your loved ones need help, please reach out to the below suicide prevention resources.
- PMH Crisis Line (over age of 18) – 1-888-379-7699
- PMH Crisis Line (under age of 18) – 1-866-403-5459
- Manitoba Suicide Line 1-877-435-7170
- Sexual Assault Crisis Line 1-888-292-7565
- Klinic Crisis Line 1-888-322-3019
- Farm & Rural Stress Line 1-866-367-3276
- Reason to Live –reasontolive.ca
Help is available; you are not alone.