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Suicide Rates For Canadian Women Rise

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Suicide Rates for Women Are Concerning

Contactsforless.ca supports efforts to curb suicide and the reasons are numerous. In fact in 2015 along, there were almost 5,000 reasons to focus on this as a key issue here in Canada. Read more below:

More men die by suicide than women in the U.S. and Canada on a yearly basis, but the rate of suicide is rising among women more quickly than men in both countries.

Women who die by suicide increased by 50% between the years 2000 and 2016. In the same period, men only increased by 21%, this information according to a a recent study by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics.

“The narrowing in the ratio of male-to-female suicide rates reflects the accelerated increase in female suicide rates compared with male suicide rates beginning in 2007,” the study reads.

Suicide by the numbers in Canada are similar

In Canada, we are seeing a very similar and disturbing pattern. In 2015, suicide claimed the lives of 3,269 Canadian men and 1,136 women.

Fardous Hosseiny, the national director of research and public policy at the Canadian Mental Health Association, broke down the numbers for Global News.

“Suicide rates are still higher in males, but the percentage change over 2011 and 2015 show in males there’s been an increase in 12 per cent and for women an increase of 15 per cent,” Hosseiny said.

What causes a higher increase for suicide among women? Women are more likely to experience domestic violence and of course single-motherhood (abetted by absentee “dead beat” dads)  causes stress on levels that many men cannot even relate to.

We here at Contactsforless.ca support the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention and we hope you support them too. Together, we can help our most vulnerable Canadians. Remember that 51% of all net profits go to the charity or non-profit that YOU choose and we suggest you go with our default – group of the month. They could really use your help and so could thousands of Canadians who are at risk.

For a more detailed assessment, view Global TV’s well-written article plus video interviews on their website.

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January 2018 Group of the Month

canadian women's foundation charity

Human Trafficking in Canada

It’s easy to imagine human trafficking as involving women smuggled from some unknown foreign country.

What most Canadians don’t know is that 94% of human trafficking victims in Canada are also Canadians.

Additionally, 93% of human trafficking victims are female.  Majority of them are extremely young, with nearly half being between 18-24, and 25% being minors.

Meet Our Group of the Month

One Child

Vision

A world where every child is free from sexual exploitation and empowered to be agents of change.

Mission
To mobilize a global movement of young people to take action against the sexual exploitation of children through education & empowerment.

Our History

“On a stage, lit by spotlights, were boys in a line, kids probably twelve to sixteen years old. They were practically naked, wearing nothing but skimpy white thongs, a number pinned to each … A boy was ordered like a customer would order a drink, brought to the table by the manager to be checked out.”

The words in the book made 16 year-old Cheryl Perera ill. “How can children my age and younger be exploited in this way? I’m just a teenager, but how can I stop this?” What began as a high school project would take an unexpected turn when she encountered a description of the global child sex trade in her research, and embarked on a whirlwind mission to Sri Lanka for answers.

From meetings with an advisor to Sri Lanka’s President, to risking her own life in an undercover operation that would help bring a child sex offender to justice, Cheryl did the remarkable to find answers. Still, the most powerful ones came from the child survivors who invited her into their world, and asked her to share their stories. Cheryl made a silent promise. She would do just that and much more.

In Canada, Cheryl launched a national awareness campaign that united young people as the pulse. But things didn’t stop there. The seed had been planted for something more powerful and innovative. An organization that would put young people—for the first time in history— at the frontlines of the struggle to end the global sex trade in children. And the time had come. Taking the cue, Cheryl rallied nine friends and together they founded OneChild.

Click here to read more.


Reference: https://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2016001/article/14641-eng.htm