• Let's take note of World Suicide Prevention Day in our communities
Sep 08, 2014


On September 10, 2014, the 12th World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) will take place. Worldwide, it is estimated that a suicide occurs every forty seconds and that there is a suicide attempt every three seconds. This means that there are one million suicides every year and ten million people mourning their loved ones.



In our communities, the statistics are even more alarming.


According to the 2008 First Nations Regional Health Survey, completed by the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission:


  • 7.7% of adolescents have admitted to making a suicide attempt, 30.1% of whom had done so during the preceding year.
  • Youth between the ages of 15 and 17 (10.3%) are much more likely than those between the ages of 12 and 14 (3.7%) to have made a suicide attempt.
  • 68.8% of youth have made a suicide attempt between the ages of 12 and 17, and 5.4% had done so under the age of 12.
  • Among the adolescents who participated in the survey, 15.0% affirm that a member of their family or a close friend attempted to commit suicide during the 12 months preceding the survey.
  • 14.6% of the adults surveyed admitted to having already attempted suicide. Out of this percentage, 12.3% of adults had attempted suicide in the year preceding the survey. 59.2% had made a suicide attempt when they were over the age of 18, 41.8% when between the ages of 12 and 17, and 3.1% when under the age of 12. According to the following figure, people between the ages of 25 and 44, followed by 15 to 24 year-olds, demonstrated the largest proportions of people who have attempted to end their own lives.


The observance of WSPD on September 10 is critical in order to raise awareness about the scale of the problem and the ways in which it can be prevented.


We invite you to take advantage of WSPD to encourage various actors in your community to get involved in the cause and to reinforce their ties for the benefit of vulnerable people.


In the memory of those we have lost and to put an end to this affliction, please spread the message to those around you. Together, we can make a difference.


Please contact our suicide prevention advisor, Kathleen Deschênes Cayer, for support when planning your activities: Kathleen.DeschenesCayer@cssspnql.com

or at 418-842-1540, ext. 248.


We also invite you to visit the website of the Association québécoise pour la prévention du suicide (www.aqps.info) or the International Association for Suicide Prevention (www.iasp.info/wspd) for more information.



Source : Chantal Cleary
              Communication officer
              FNQLHSSC (418) 842-1540 (240)