According to the International Association for Suicide Prevention, Suicide is the fifth leading causes of death among those aged 30-49 years in 2012 globally, and is the second leading cause of death in the 15-29 years age group in 2012 globally. Overall, it is estimated that during 2012 for each adult who died of suicide there were over 20 others who made suicide attempts.
About 4000 Canadians die by suicide every year. Suicide is the second-most common cause of death among young people, but men in their 40s and 50s have the highest rate of suicide. While women are three to four times more likely to attempt suicide than men, men are three times more likely to die by suicide than women.
While I think the Provincial Government is increasingly responding to mental health needs it has been a reactionary process. It is still taking much too long for those in need of professional help to get the support they need.
Wait lists are long and the time it takes to be assigned to a psycologist or psychiatrist is a glaring shortfall in the governments attempt to assist those needing mental health care.
The need is even greater in rural areas that do not have the network of services that exist in St. John's.
Contact a community organization like the Canadian Mental Health Association to learn more about support and resources in your area. The Mental Health and Addictions Program of Eastern Health offers a range of services.
Mental Health Crisis Line (709) 737-4668 or 1-888-737-4668(24-hour provincial crisis line with Mobile Crisis Response for the St. John’s and surrounding area)
24 Hour Walk-In Crisis Service at the Waterford Hospital
Gambling Help Line 1-888-899-4357(24-hour support for individuals impacted by their own or someone else’s gambling)
Recovery Centre (709) 752-4980(Residential withdrawal management program for individuals experiencing withdrawal from alcohol, other drugs and/or gambling)
Adult Addiction Outpatient Counselling Program (709) 752-4929 (Brief intervention program that provides individual or group counseling for those affected by a substance use or gambling addiction. The service also provides couples and family therapy to those effected by another’s substance/gambling addiction)
Central Intake for Children and Youth (709) 777-2200(Monday to Friday intake and information service)