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Suicide Prevention and Life Promotion

Suicide, suicide prevention and life promotion are important public health issues. Suicide affects people of all ages and backgrounds. Niagara Region Public Health is a member of the Niagara Suicide Prevention Coalition. This coalition exists to bring interested community organizations, groups, individuals and volunteers together to make Niagara a suicide-safer community.

In Niagara:

  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15 to 29 year olds
  • Women are three times more likely to attend the emergency department for self-harm injuries than men
  • Men account for more than two-thirds of suicide deaths
  • One person dies every nine days by suicide
  • Suicide can be prevented

Watch a video from the Niagara Suicide Prevention Coalition around local statistics.

It's important to know that thoughts of suicide can happen to anyone and help is available if you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide.

Get Help in Niagara

  • For immediate suicide risk, call 911
  • Mental Health and Addictions Access Line provides support for adult residents of Niagara facing addiction and mental health concerns: 1-866-550-5205
  • Kids Help Phone is Canada's only 24/7 national support service offering confidential counselling in English and French: 1-800-668-6868
  • Pathstone Mental Health, 18 years and under: 1-800-263-4944
  • Distress Centre Niagara provides free, 24/7 confidential support to anyone in need in Niagara
    • St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and area: 905-688-3711
    • Port Colborne, Wainfleet and area: 905-734-1212
    • Fort Erie and area: 905-382-0689
    • Grimsby and West Lincoln: 905-563-6674

More Resources

The Mental Health Commission of Canada has developed two toolkits to support people who have been impacted by suicide.

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