Suicide Statistics

  • In 2009 there were 3,890 suicides in Canada, a rate of 11.5 per 100,000 people. The equivalent of one jumbo jet per month.
  • The suicide rate for males was three times higher than the rate for females (17.9% versus 5.3% per 100,000).
  • Although suicide deaths affect almost all age groups, those aged 40 to 59 had the highest rates.
  • Married people had a lower suicide rate than those who were single, divorced or widowed.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death after accidental deaths among youth aged 15 – 24 years.
  • Seniors have the greatest lethality of all age groups.
  • Every year, almost one million people die from suicide; or one death every 40 seconds.
  • It is estimated that there are 20 suicide attempts for every one death by suicide.
  • An estimate 5-7% of the population is thinking about suicide at any given time.
  • Suicide does not discriminate. It touches people from all cultures, religions, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds and age groups.

Deaths by Suicide in Middlesex County

For the period 2002 to 2012 statistics recorded by the Office of the Chief Coroner show:
  • There has been an average of 49.2 deaths by suicide per year in the last 10 years; ranging between 30 and 54 deaths per year.
  • 73% of the deaths by suicide are males; 38% are females (differences due to rounding).
  • 33% of those who died were over age 50; 67% of those who died were age 50 or under.

Deaths by Suicide in the City of London

For the period 2000 to 2010 statistics recorded by the London Police show:
  • There has been an average of 34 deaths by suicide in the last 10+ years; ranging from 26 to 47 deaths per year.
  • 75% of the deaths by suicide are males; 25% are females.
  • The average age for females is 51 years; ages range from 20 to 94.
  • The average age for males is 44 years; ages range from 15 to 85.
  • There were 10 deaths by suicide in Middlesex County in the years 2006 & 2007