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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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Why We Donate On Your Behalf

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How do Canadians feel when asked to donate at the cash register?

Picture this.  You tap your credit card on the machine to pay for your milk and eggs, and the cashier asks, “Would you like to donate to Worthy Cause #263?”

All eyes from the other people in line are now on you as they wait to hear your response.  How do you feel?

If you didn’t like it, you’re not alone.

Here’s how Canadians reacted.

  • 44% felt pressured. They didn’t like being asked to donate with everyone watching, and resented the social pressure involved.
  • 28% were happy to help. They were glad to do it.
  • 10% were embarrassed. It wasn’t a good time for them, so they were ashamed to have to say no.
  • 8% were angry. How dare this cashier ask them for money after they just finished spending some?
  • 8% were pleased. They appreciated being asked, and given the opportunity to help out.

A whopping 62% of Canadians were unhappy about being asked to donate at the cash register.  Nearly two-thirds of them stated they refused.  However, 62% also said they would be inclined to donate if they knew how the retailer was also contributing to the charity in question.

Here’s how we take the pressure off you at ContactsforLess.ca.

We completely understand your concerns about public pressure, and about retailers asking you to help out while you don’t know what they’re doing on their end.

1. We give away our money instead of yours.

We donate 51% of our net profits from every dollar you spend with us!

2. We make it your choice.

Got a cause you feel strongly about?  At checkout, you can choose from our list of over 50 charities where you want us to send 51% of our earnings from your purchase!

3. There’s no one watching.

Unless you’ve got someone standing behind your computer chair (made you look!), there’s no one to judge your choices when you select your charity.

And to top it off, we also save you 70% or more with our amazing prices!

Check out our products now and learn why our motto is “Save money, save the earth.”

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World Wildlife Fund March 2017

Group of the Month: WWF

March 4 is World Wildlife Day and so this month we have picked the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) as our group of the month. Like always, you can save 70% or more on your contact lenses and like always, you can pick any group to whom we give 51% of our profits.

We Donate 51% of our Profits

However in March, the default group is the World Wildlife Fund – and they do some amazing work. In fact this group is among the most powerful and visible in the fight to preserve species and habitat all over the planet. The World Wildlife Fund is one of our very favorite groups and was one of the top 10 groups that we donated to in 2016.

And remember we give away 51% of our profits to anyone you choose – and this month we urge you to choose the WWF.

Here is the monthly video where Erika is talking all about this and other issues too.