Statistics For Suicide In Windsor Essex Are Alarming

The 2nd annual Suicide Prevention Week is coming up starting September 10th.

The Canadian Mental Health Association helped launch the awareness of the week of events.

More than a dozen activities and events are planned to bring awareness to preventing suicides.

Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed says it is a serious situation.

He says statistically it will surprise people who are most likely to end their life in a suicide, 75% are male aged 45 to 64.

"Females are more likely to visit the emergency department with the concern of intentional self harm, in Windsor compared to males" according to Ahmed,  "If you break it down it's 60% vs 40%"

He adds, the most alarming statistic is that self harm among youth has increased by 143%, almost 2.4-times greater in 2015 compared to 2010.

Dr. Ahmed says from 2007 to 2011 there were 200 deaths by suicide, averaging out to 41 a year.

He stresses that all suicides are preventable and that's the point of bringing attention to the issue.