Thousands of Canadians were hospitalized or died due to self-harm last year

'Many people are not getting, or don't know how to access community care'

Thousands of Canadians were hospitalized or died in 2018-19 after deliberately harming themselves, and experts fear the numbers will climb due to stress brought on by the pandemic.

Research released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information found 25,000 people were admitted to hospital because of self-harm last year, 3,800 of them died. 

Hospitalization rates were highest among girls and women aged 10-24.

Death rates from suicide were highest among men 45 years and older.

The figures don’t include people who went to emergency rooms and weren’t admitted to hospital or those who sought help from primary health-care providers, such as a family doctor, clinic or other local services.

Tracy Johnson, CIHI’s director of health system analysis and emerging issues, says the data suggests many people are not getting, or don’t know how to access community care.