Every single day, we lose 11 Canadians to suicide. In the run-up to World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2016, we are inviting Canadians to…
Take the #11reasons Challenge for Suicide Prevention.
Our #11reasons Challenge is simple:
- Download your #11reasons selfie sign here.
- For the next 11 days, tweet out a selfie every day giving a different reason why you choose Life. Don’t forget to add #11reasons to your relevant tweets.
- Tag a new friend in each tweet to challenge them to come up with their own #11reasons… and to tag 11 of their friends in the process.
Why the #11reasons Challenge for Suicide Prevention matters:
- Untreated mental illness can have deadly consequences. Diagnosable mental illness is found in 90% of deaths by suicide.
- Nearly 4,000 Canadians die by suicide each year – an average of almost 11 suicides a day. In other words, every year more Canadians die by suicide than die by car accidents, HIV, homicide, drowning, influenza and war combined. It’s the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets just disappearing.
- Globally, the World Health Organization estimates a person dies by suicide every 40 seconds, or over 800,000 suicides annually.
- People with mental illness and addictions are more likely to die prematurely than the general population. Mental illness can cut 10 to 20 years from a person’s life expectancy.
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 Statistics Canada (2015). Leading causes of death, total population, by age group and sex, Canada, 2012. CANSIM 102-0561.
 Carville, Olivia. More action sought to stop suicide in Canada, Toronto Star, November 3, 2014.
 Chesney, Goodwin and Fazel (2014). Risks of all-cause and suicide mortality in mental disorders: a meta-review. World Psychiatry, 13: 153-60.