In Québec, there are an average of four suicides and eighty attempted suicides every day among people aged fifteen and over. Despite the scale of the problem, suicide is a topic that remains difficult to broach and is subject to numerous misconceptions. Everyone can help prevent suicide. You can find out more about suicide and the available resources by visiting the Suicide page.
Fighting the stigma
People with mental illness are often victims of prejudice, which is usually the result of ignorance and the many misconceptions about mental health and mental illness. The stigmatization only adds to the suffering and limitations that people with mental illness have to face, and it can lead to their social exclusion.
Mental illnesses are not personal weaknesses. The word says it all—they are illnesses and they can be treated. Information is the best weapon against preconceptions about mental illness.