Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Injuries and Prevention

Suicides

Overall

By Sex

By Age Group

By Income

Overall

Between 2007 and 2012 there were nearly 350 suicides among Simcoe Muskoka residents, which accounted for just over one per cent of all deaths during that six-year time period; however, it was the leading cause of death among young adults (20 to 44 years) and was responsible for one-in-six deaths for this age group. 

The age-standardized mortality rate for suicide in Simcoe Muskoka for all ages and sexes in 2012 was 14.5 (11.9, 17.9) deaths per 100,000 population, which was significantly higher than the Ontario rate of 10.2 (9.7, 10.8) deaths per 100,000 population. 

The suicide mortality rates in both Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario increased significantly over the 13 years from 2000 to 2012; however the rate of increase in Simcoe Muskoka was significantly greater when compared to the province as a whole (4% (1.5%, 6.5%) per year in Simcoe Muskoka vs. 1% (0.2%, 1.6%) per year for Ontario). The standardized mortality ratio (SMR) for suicide mortality was 1.17 (1.08, 1.26), which means that there was a 17 per cent higher suicide mortality experience in Simcoe Muskoka when compared with the province as a whole from 2000 to 2012.

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By Sex 

In 2012, the age-standardized mortality rate for suicide among Simcoe Muskoka males was 23.7 (17.5, 29.9) per 100,000, which was more than four times the female rate of 5.3 (2.3, 8.4) per 100,000. The 2012 age-standardized suicide mortality rates for Ontario males was significantly lower than the comparable Simcoe Muskoka rate; however, the provincial female rate was not significantly different from that of Simcoe Muskoka females.

By Age Group

The age-specific rate of suicide between 2000 and 2012 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka was highest among adults 45 to 64 years of age at 15.1 (13.2,16.9) deaths per 100,000. The age-specific suicide rates in Simcoe Muskoka were significantly higher than the comparable provincial rates for adults 20-64 years. 

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By Income

While suicide is much more common among men, the association between income and suicide is considerably stronger among women. In Simcoe Muskoka between 2006 and 2012 (combined), suicide rates did not differ significantly for men by neighbourhood income quintile; however, Simcoe Muskoka women living in the lowest income quintile experienced triple the rate of suicide when compared with women living in the highest income quintile (8.4 (4.9, 12.0) deaths per 100,000 vs 2.6 (1.0,4.1) deaths per 100,000).

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