Statistics

WORLD: In 2000, 815,000 people lost their lives to suicide — more than double the number of people who die as a direct result of armed conflict every year (306,600). There is a “global” mortality rate of 16 per 100,000. In the last 45 years suicide rates have increased by 60% worldwide. Globally, one person dies from suicide every 40 seconds.

CANADA: There were 3,926 deaths by suicide in Canada (2012). 2,971 were male. 954 were female. Men aged 40-59 had the highest number of suicides. In Canada with 1305, followed by males aged 20-39 with 863. Suicide accounts for 24% of all deaths among 15-24 year olds.

FNMI: Aboriginal people in Canada have some of the highest suicide rates in the world, but this is not true for all Aboriginal peoples. There are also many communities that have very low rates of suicide. The suicide rate for First Nations male youth (age 15-24) is 126 per 100,000 compared to 24 per 100,000 for non-Aboriginal male youth. For First Nations females, the suicide rate is 35 per 100,000 compared to 5 per 100,000 for non-Aboriginal females (Health Canada, 2010). Suicide rates for Inuit youth are among the highest in the world, at 11 times the national average. Learn more at the Aboriginal Resource Toolkit.

ALBERTA: In 2014, in Alberta, there were 547 suicidal deaths; however, projections for 2015 had the number at more than 650. Men aged 40-59 had the highest number of suicides in Alberta with 154, followed by males aged 20-39 with 131.

UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA: In the 2013 National College Health Assessment, it was found that 8.5% of UofA students considered suicide in the 12 months the study covered and 1.4% attempted suicide (which is 546 students).

NOTE: Data on suicide is limited. Many potential suicides are not reported as such, but as accidental deaths. Also, gender is only captured as male or female with no allowances for additional genders.