June 2011

45 Canadians hospitalized daily for self-injury

The Canadian Institute for Health Information has released a new report on self-harm, noting that more than 17,500 Canadians – or 45 a day – were admitted to hospital after attempting suicide or deliberately harming themselves. The most common method of self-injury leading to hospitalization was poisoning (85%) followed by cutting or piercing (10%) and strangulation (2%). Young women 15-19 were the most likely to self-injure. Find the news release at the CIHI website, entitled “More than 45 hospitalized every day due to self injury.

Updated June 9, 2011