Association québécoise des retraité(e)s des secteurs public et parapublic (AQRP)

Association québécoise des retraité(e)s des secteurs public et parapublic (AQRP)

February 08, 2012 08:49 ET

REMINDER: 2012 Suicide Prevention Week: in Canada, One in Three Seniors Who Commit Suicide is From Quebec

QUÉBEC CITY, QUÉBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 8, 2012) - As part of Suicide Prevention Week, which runs from February 5 to 11, 2012, the Association québécoise des retraité(e)s des secteurs public et parapublic (AQRP) expresses its concerns over the disproportionately high number of suicide deaths among Quebeckers aged 50 or over compared to the rest of Canadians. In 2008, there were 461 suicide deaths among those aged 50 or over in Quebec out of a total of 1,468 in Canada, corresponding to 31.4%.

"These figures are cause for concern as nearly one in three suicide deaths among people aged 50 or over happens in Quebec, while less than one in four Canadians aged 50 or over lives in Quebec. There is a significant disproportion between Quebec and the rest of Canada with regard to the number of suicide deaths among this age group," stated AQRP Director General, Luc Vallerand.

According to the latest data published by the Institut national de la santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), Quebec still has the highest adjusted suicide mortality rate in Canada. The majority of suicidal persons suffer from depression.

"Just like the campaigns that target youth, we believe the Quebec and Canada governments should launch a major suicide awareness campaign for people aged 50 or over in order to break down taboos and encourage people to get the help they need," concluded Mr. Vallerand.

People with suicidal thoughts or those bereaved by the suicide of a loved one can get help by calling 1 866 APPELLE.

The AQRP is the main independent association of retired public servants in Quebec. The association distinguishes itself through its continuous citizen involvement in matters that affect seniors in Quebec. In 2007, the AQRP chose to get actively involved in the social cause of suicide prevention.

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