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September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day

Every year, more than 4,000 Canadians die by suicide.

Nine out of 10 people who take their life are suffering from mental illness

For every death by suicide, there are  more than 25 suicide attempts, of which five require serious medical intervention.

Even more unfortunate is the large number of youth who feel the need to end their life.

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and we are reminded of the impact that mental health has on so many people’s lives—not only those who suffer from illness, but also for their families and friends.

Providing mental health care is a priority for us at St. Joe’s. Our west-end community has the largest concentration of people with mental illness in the city, and our team of experts has more than 60,000 outpatient visits yearly for mental health and addiction related issues.

We are fortunate to have a passionate group of volunteers who want to support better care for those with mental health conditions. Over the past several years, they raised funds through the  St. Joe’s Plate, an annual event that supports priorities such as redeveloping our Mental Health Emergency Services Unit for people in crisis, Lauren’s Lounge, a dedicated space for those who need overnight care, and much more.

Now, St. Joe’s is turning their attention to care for youth at-risk. Young people between the ages of 16 and 24 are making the transition from adolescence to adulthood, this is aa vulnerable time in their lives and they need specific support if they are experiencing mental health challenges.  That’s why St. Joe’s is building a special transitional aged youth mental health short stay unit  to support them if they need care.

Click here to read more about the St. Joe’s Plate and this critical priority. Together, we can keep our Promise to meet the health needs of our community, including those who are suffering (often in silence) with mental illness.

If you, or any one you know, is thinking about suicide or is having a mental health crisis, remember there is help. Our doors are open to you all day, every day.

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