The burden of mental illness and addictions is more than 1.5X that of all cancers. Early detection and treatment are critical. The five conditions that have the highest burden are:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Alcohol use disorders
  • Social phobia
  • Schizophrenia

1 in 5 adults will suffer from a mental disorder in their lives. Most people recover fully when they receive appropriate ongoing treatment and support.

20% of children and youth suffer from a diagnosable psychiatric disorder, and 2/3 suffer from more than one disorder. Less than 20% get help.


Information on Suicide

Suicide is the leading cause of death for males ages 10-49, and the 4th leading cause of death for women.

The suicide rate among youth 15-24 in Northern Canada was 30 X higher than the rest of the country from 2004 to 2008. – Stats Canada

National rates of suicide among Aboriginal youth are estimated to be five to six times higher than among non-aboriginal youth.”

“Over a third of all deaths among Aboriginal youth are attributable to suicide”


Why do people commit suicide?

People commit suicide because they feel there is no other solution. They feel helpless. The Team Tootoo Fund wants to help change this by raising money for non-profits that give people help and hope.

Suicide is the 4th leading cause of death worldwide, and the third leading cause of death for young people ages 15- 24. Research is needed to develop and implement effective prevention programs that are modified to help different groups of people and their unique needs.


Warning Signs:

Use the “IS PATH WARM “ Tool- Developed by the American Association of Suicidology

I – Ideation (suicidal thoughts)
S – Substance Abuse

P – Purposelessness
A – Anxiety
T – Trapped
H – Hopelessness/Helplessness

W – Withdrawal
A – Anger
R – Recklessness
M – Mood changes


Others signs include:

  • Increased drug and alcohol use
  • Dramatic mood changes
  • Making statements such as “ People are better off without me” “There is no reason to live”
  • Depressed mood, lack of personal care
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Giving away valuable and precious belongings and/or making a will
  • Reckless/risk taking behavior

What to do if you think someone is suicidal?

  • Do not leave the person alone
  • Try to get them to seek help from a doctor, or nearest hospital or call 911
  • Remove their access to firearms or other potentially harmful objects or substances
  • For more Information About Suicide and Suicide Prevention visit:
  • Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention - www.suicideprevention.ca
  • Canadian Mental Health Association - www.cmha.ca
  • National Institute of Mental Health - www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml