Suicide Risk and Prevention of Suicide

Older adults, men in particular, have among the highest suicide rates in the world (WHO, 2014).

Approximately 1,000 older adults are admitted to Canadian hospitals each year as a result of intentional self-harm.

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.

Tools for Seniors and Families:

Tools for Clinicians:

Tools for Educators:


CCSMH Late Life Suicide Prevention Toolkit

Facilitator’s Guide -2008

PowerPoint Presentation

Evaluations (For Facilitators and For Learners)


Suicide Assessment & Prevention for Older Adults: Life Saving Tools for Health Care Providers – DVD

*Members of The College of Family Physicians of Canada may claim Mainpro-M2 credits for this unaccredited educational program. Members of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada can earn Section 2 credits by viewing this DVD.

[updated November, 09 2021]