Being a young person is not always easy. There are different pressures and stress as you grow – add to that a mental health issue or thoughts of suicide and life can be extremely difficult.
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, youth are among the highest risk populations for suicide. It accounts for 24 per cent of all deaths among 15-24 year olds and 16 per cent among 16-44 year olds and is the second leading cause of death for Canadians between the ages of 10 and 24.
Suicide can also be even more prevalent in vulnerable communities. LGBTQ youth are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers and suicides among First Nations youth (aged 15 to 24) was about five to six times higher than non-aboriginal youth in Canada.
In Episode 6 of our docu-series on suicide we look at the issue of youth suicide.
It is clear something needs to change and you can make a difference. By sharing our videos and reaching out to leaders and policy makers, you can send a message – we need more funding towards suicide prevention and mental health support in our province. The time for change is now. #YouAreNotAlone