Suicide Risk and Prevention

Clinical Guidelines

Discover the guidelines on suicide risk and prevention in older adults.


For Health Care Professionals

Find clinical tools and resources to support your patient or client.


For Older Adults & Care Partners

Explore ways to support mental health and well-being for yourself and loved ones.

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Suicide Risk and Prevention 

Approximately 1,000 older adults are admitted to Canadian hospitals each year as a result of intentional self-harm.Older adults, men in particular, have among the highest suicide rates in the world (WHO, 2014).

Many factors can contribute to suicide in older adults. These include mental illness, divorce, bereavement, lack of social support and problems with physical health or finances.

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