#CanadaHealth; #MentalHealth; #CIHI; #SelfHarm
Ottawa, Aug 6 (Canadian-Media): 25,000 canadians were admitted to hospital or died because of self-harm in 2018-19 according to research released Aug 6 by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).
CIHI. Image credit: Website
The highest rate of hospitalization was seen by girls and women aged 10-24, who were three times more likely to be in hospital due to self-harm than males in that same age category.
Deaths due to suicide were highest among men 45 years and older.
1 in 3 unpaid caregivers in Canada are distressed.
These numbers exclude people who had gone to emergency rooms and were not admitted to hospital, or those who were helped by primary health-care providers, such as a family doctor, clinic or other local services.
These indicators are part of a 10-year commitment by governments across Canada, an agreement known as Shared Health Priorities aimed to improve access to home and community care and to mental health and addictions services.
12 indicators that had been recommended by CIHI and federal, provincial and territorial representatives in consultation with Canadians were endorsed in June 2018 by Canada’s health ministers.
Results for the first 3 indicators were released in 2019 and updated in May 2020.
The data collected by CIHI was before the global spread of COVID-19, which has created increased anxiety over health risks, prolonged confinement and financial insecurity.
Self-Harm. Image credit: Wikipedia
Canadian Health experts are concerned that stress brought on by the pandemic would cause the numbers to soar.
CIHI said its data will serve as a basis for studying the impact of the pandemic on mental health.
The research, part of a pan-Canadian multi-year program was conducted through federal, provincial and territorial governments to better understand health priorities in improving access to home and community care, including mental health and addictions services.
In a survey research conducted by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) on the impact of COVID-19, it was found that there was a significant rise in mental health concerns and suicidal thoughts, especially among subgroups that include parents, people with existing mental illness, Indigenous people and those with a disability.