Intentional injuries are when a person brings harm to themselves or others on purpose. Self-harm is when a person intentionally brings harm to themselves. An example would be suicide.
Some risk factors that have been linked to suicide and self-harm include:
Suicide and self-harm are serious topics. According to the World Health Organization, suicide is one of the top 20 leading causes of death around the world for people of all ages accounting for nearly 1 million deaths each year. Looking specifically at Canada, nearly 4000
Canadians die by suicide each year making suicide the leading cause of death for people aged 15-34 after accidental injuries.
If you, or someone you know is thinking about suicide please call your local crisis line or the Mental Health Helpline of Ontario at 1-866-531-2600.