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It’s never too late

Statistics from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health reveal approximately 1,000 students between Grades 7 and 12 in Durham attempted suicide in 2017.

That amounts to four per cent of the student population in that age group.

According to Crisis Services Canada, 24 per cent of all deaths between ages 15 to 24 are by suicide in Canada.

This is why World Suicide Prevention Day will take place on Sept. 10.

The World Health Organization estimates one million people die by suicide every year.

Statistics Canada estimates 4,157 people died by suicide in 2018 in Canada, about an average of 11 per day.

This makes it the ninth leading cause of death in the country, sandwiched between Alzheimer’s disease at eighth, and cirrhosis and other liver diseases in 10th.

For every death by suicide, there are between 20 to 25 attempts, according to Crisis Services Canada.

Many people suffer in silence as well, as they choose to deal with mental illnesses on their own terms.

Statistically, one in five people in Canada will experience a mental health problem or illness.

The Canadian Mental Health Association says eight per cent of adults will experience major depression at some point in their lives.

There are resources available to help with those dealing with depression or contemplating suicide.

For those contemplating suicide in Durham, there are several resources at their disposal.

Some of these include Distress Centre Durham (DCD), Kids Help Phone, Ontario Shores Crisis Line, Durham Mental Health Services, and more.

Distress Centre Durham will be hosting its 15th annual Walk for Suicide Awareness on Sept. 7.

The walk is five km long, and begins at Cullen Central Park, 300 Taunton Road West in Whitby.

The walk raises funds for DCD’s suicide prevention and intervention initiatives.

For those who are having dark thoughts and think there is no way out, there’s always someone to speak to.

Listed above are only a few of the resources available with trained individuals who are there to help.

Don’t be afraid to speak out if you are struggling, because it’s never too late to get the help we need.