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April 7, 2015 Help For Seniors In this section you will find a variety of services for seniors including social opportunities, crisis services and outreach clinics that can offer assessments by multidisciplinary teams. These clinics can assist in cases of seniors who are home-bound with mental health and dementia related conditions. Some clinics offer long-term follow up while others offer one time or short term intervention.
November 12, 2012 Web Links and Resources
November 12, 2012 Survivor Support Services

If you feel you need more support than family or friends can provide, contact your doctor or counseling agency in your area. Other resources can include spiritual communities, crisis lines and bereavement support groups.

November 9, 2012 Suicide: Responsible Media Reporting Guidelines

Certain ways of presenting and portraying suicide in the media appear to precipitate suicidal behaviour in vulnerable people. This evidence has led many countries to develop media guidelines for reporting and portraying suicide.

November 9, 2012 The Relationship between Suicide and Mental Illness

This section takes a look at some of the major types of mental disorders and describes how they may increase the risk of suicidal behaviour in persons with these disorders. Included in this discussion are the principal disorders — depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia; in addition, the relationships between suicide and postpartum depression, eating disorders, self-mutilation, post-traumatic stress disorder, and alcohol/substance abuse are briefly considered.

November 9, 2012 Suicide Statistics

Canada and Ontario

The suicide rate for Canadians, as measured by the WHO, is 15 per 100,000 people. Yet, according to numerous studies, rates are even higher among specific groups. For example, the suicide rate for Inuit peoples living in Northern Canada is between 60 and 75 per 100,000 people, significantly higher than the general population. Other populations at an increased risk of suicide include youth, the elderly, inmates in correctional facilities, people with a mental illness, and those who have previously attempted suicide. According to Statistics Canada, between 1997 and 1999, there was a 10 percent increase in suicides across Canada, from 3,681 to 4,074. In Ontario alone, suicides rose from 930 in 1997 to 1,032 in 2001.
November 9, 2012 Grief after Suicide The death of someone close to us is one of life's most stressful events. When the death is from suicide, family and friends must cope with sadness at the loss plus all their feelings of confusion and sometimes even anger. It takes time to heal and each of us responds differently. We may need help to cope with the changes in our lives. But in the end, coping effectively with bereavement is vital to our mental health.
November 9, 2012 Suicide and Youth

Youth are among the highest risk populations for suicide. In Canada, suicide accounts for 24 percent of all deaths among 15-24 year olds and 16 percent among 16-44 year olds. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Canadians between the ages of 10 and 24.

November 9, 2012 Preventing Suicide Suicide. We would rather not talk about it. We hope it will never happen to anyone we know. But suicide is a reality, and it is more common than you might think. The possibility that suicide could claim the life of someone you love cannot be ignored. By paying attention to warning signs and talking about the 'unthinkable,' you may be able to prevent a death.
November 9, 2012 Suicide Warning Signs

Suicide is rarely a spur of the moment decision. In the days and hours before people kill themselves, there are usually clues and warning signs.

The strongest and most disturbing signs are verbal – "I can’t go on," "Nothing matters any more" or even "I’m thinking of ending it all." Such remarks should always be taken seriously.