World Suicide Prevention Day

Every year, over 800,000 people die from suicide; this roughly corresponds to one death every 40 seconds. And with high profile deaths such as Robin Williams and Rick Rypien to name just a couple, it seems to be in the news even more.

The assumption is often made that because of their physical health, athletes must also be emotionally healthy. Nothing could be further from the truth. The American Psychiatric Association highlights that the evidence suggests that athletes suffer from the same types of mental illness and at the same rates as the general population.2

Yet athletes are often expected to be tough, resilient, durable and perfect. This can result in too many athletes not receiving the treatment they need and deserve. Just like the athlete with broken leg must go to the doctor, physiotherpapist and other specialists - so too must athletes with depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions.

Read more on how athletes can be affected by mental health conditions and signs to prevent athlete sucide.

Resources in B.C.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, call 1-800-784-2433 or 1-800-SUICIDE.

Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC

Need2 Suicide Prevention, Education and Support

CMHA British Columbia division

Here To Help

Youth In B.C.

Counselling B.C.


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