In Manitoba, suicide deaths among youth, although very rare, are still of significant concern to all of us. Suicide remains the 3rd leading cause of child death in Manitoba, next to natural causes and accidental death. In 2013-14, approximately 11 deaths were attributable to suicide for children between the ages of 0 -18 years of age in Manitoba. Suicide is a complex issue involving numerous factors and should not be attributed to any one single cause. Not all people who die by suicide have been diagnosed with a mental illness and not all people with a mental illness attempt to end their lives by suicide. Because of the complexity of the issue, preventing youth suicide needs to involve a strategy that includes a range of initiatives and supports.
In 2008, The Province of Manitoba led the development of Reclaiming Hope: Manitoba’s Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy, the goal of which was to support initiatives and programs aimed at preventing youth suicide and supporting help-seeking for those with suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Many of these local resources are listed on the everyonemattersmanitoba.ca site along with other national and international.
In this section, On Suicide, you will find statistics on the incidence of youth suicide, FAQs, and information and supports specific to LGBTTQ youth, Aboriginal youth, and children under 12.
The Power of Words: The Language of Suicide
Words are powerful, and sometimes the words we choose can have harmful or unintended negative consequences. The suicide prevention community is attempting to change some of the stigmatizing language commonly used when discussing suicide. This article written by P. Bonny Hall, adapted from Alberta Health Services, explains the history of the old terms, why they are harmful, and discusses the new terms which the 2002 Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) board has recommended.
Click here to access the full Hall article
Click here to access the Alberta Health Services article
The Language of Suicide – a video series from The Office of the Children’s Advocate
These videos can be accessed in the following languages: