Alarming Suicide Stats in Windsor-Essex
Disturbing statistics from the Canadian Mental Health Association.
The latest figures available show more than 40 people a year commit suicide in Windsor-Essex. Stats also show there has been a 143 per cent increase in hospitalization among youth who try to take their lives.
Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed says they also found some alarming stats when comparing males and females.
“When we are looking at our local data, at least 75 per cent of the suicide related deaths were male," says Dr. Ahmed.
The CMHA says for each death by suicide, it has been estimated that the lives of seven to ten bereaved survivors are profoundly impacted.
Dr. Ahmed tells CTV Windsor it’s a “complex issue” and there is no easy solution.
The CMHA and Windsor-Essex County Health Unit have partnered with 50 agencies to host a week of activities starting Sept. 10. It marks the second annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Week.
Andrea Milne knows all too well the pain of losing a loved one. Her friend Jordan committed suicide in 2014.
She has organized Cainerfest, a rock concert now in its third year, yhat has already raised $16,000 for suicide prevention and bereavement programs.
“Maybe we can prevent one more person losing their life," says Milne.
“Early intervention is definitely going to help us go a long way and prevent these deaths in the community," says Dr. Ahmed. “I think the awareness piece is there, but we still have a long way to go."
The theme for the week in September is "You Are Not Alone" – and it features various local events to help raise awareness and start a conversation around suicide awareness and prevention.