Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


World Suicide Prevention Day

Held every year on Sept. 10, World Suicide Prevention Day raises awareness about suicide and suicide prevention. On this day, we honour people who died by suicide and acknowledge those who have lost a loved one as a result of suicide. 

Every day, an average of 10 Canadians die by suicide and for every death, at least seven to 10 people are significantly impacted by the loss, according to

COVID-19 has exacerbated death by suicide. A national study from the Canadian Mental Health Association and UBC discovered an unsettling statistic. In May 2020, one in 20 Canadians (six per cent) had recently experienced thoughts of suicide as a result of the pandemic. 

Nurses registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario who have mental health disorders may be eligible for the Nurses Health Program, a voluntary program for Ontario nurses. According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, by the time Canadians reach 40 years of age, one in two have-or have had- a mental illness. 

You are not alone. 

Spread your message of hope using #WSPD.  

If you are thinking of suicide or know someone who is, there is help. Contact: 

Crisis Services Canada at 1-833-456-4566 (24/7) or text 45645 (4 p.m. - 12 a.m. ET) or visit the Crisis Services Canada website

Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free) or text CONNECT to 686868 or visit the Kids Help Phone website

Hope for Wellness Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 (toll-free) or connect to the online Hope for Wellness Chat.

For more information on suicide prevention in Canada, visit

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