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Suicide Statistics - 1997 to 2005

BC CORONERS SERVICE

Policing and Community Safety Branch

Office of the Chief Coroner of British Columbia

Metrotower II, Suite 2035

4720 Kingsway Avenue

Burnaby, BC V5H 4N2

Telephone: 604 660-7745

Facsimile: 604 660-7766

Website: http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/coroners/index.htm

   

In 2006 the BC Coroners Service changed the information that it would make public.

   

 

BC Annual Report 2010  .pdf

BC Annual Report 2009  .pdf

BC Annual Report 2008  .pdf

BC Annual Report 2007  .pdf

BC Annual Report 2006  .pdf

   

Suicide in BC

VICTORIA - More people died at their own hands in BC in 2006 than in motor-vehicle accidents.  The silent, self-inflicted epidemic has claimed over 10,000 lives in the province over the last 20 years, and the raw number of suicides has remained steady at about 500 a year.   (Vancouver Province)  

Age Category

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999 1998 1997

12 years and under

0

1

1

2

0

0

0 0 3

13 - 19 years 

19

27

28

29

15

35

23 22 37

20 - 29 years 

57 71 71 71 55 84 68 74 95

30 - 39 years 

90 96 104 97 99 94 107 107 129

40 - 49 years

112 105 102 131 116 105 113 131 128

50 - 59 years

106 108 78 101 95 72 88 77 80

60 - 69 years 

40 52 47 51 43 42 40 42 49

70 - 79 years

38 36 29 37 28 31 36 31 39

80 years and over

22 29 18 18 19 20 23 24 23

Age unknown

0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0

TOTAL 

484

525

478

537

470

484

498 509 583

Gender

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999 1998 1997

Female

135 127 120 132 107 124 102 117 124

Male

349 398 358 405 363 360 396 392 459

Unknown

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Total

484 525 478 537 470 484 498 509 583

Method

2005 2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

1998 1997

Alcohol/drug/other poisons

108

113

101

120

117

93

93

113

105

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

44

43

37

42

40

50

54

72

59

Drowning

21

19

19

31

20

24

16

20

26

Fall

27

27

28

36

35

37

26

24

43

Firearms

83

86

84

90

90

84

115

103

137

Hanging

152

163

155

167

123

149

152

139

160

Motor Vehicle Involved

6

7

5

8

1

6

7

3

3

Other

11

22

17

15

13

27

24

25

36

Suffocation/smothering

20 15 15 13 8        

Stabbing/Incised Injury

12

30

17

15

23

14

11

10

14

TOTAL

484

525

478

537

470

484

498

509

583

Ethnicity

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999 1998 1997

First Nations

0

32

32

21

21

28

24

25

43

Non-First Nations

0 484 444 516 449 456 474 484 540

Not reported

484

9

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

TOTAL

484

525

478

537

470

484

498

509

583

Month

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

1998

1997

January

0

37

40

48

39

38

33

46

44

February

0

46

35

48

36

37

39

41

46

March

0

45

40

40

41

43

37

46

55

April

0

29

44

46

42

44

51

41

50

May

0

37

40

42

48

44

50

40

53

June

0

50

40

35

36

43

44

33

45

July

0

58

45

54

39

43

43

48

44

August

0

43

28

46

45

41

46

54

35

September

0

37

40

33

33

41

39

38

61

October

0

47

40

42

28

36

38

37

47

November

0

40

37

54

50

40

30

42

55

December

0

47

47

49

33

34

48

43

48

not reported

484 9 2            

TOTAL

484

525

478

537

470

484

498

509

583

Region

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999 1998 1997

FRASER

138 135 129 154 147 127 134 140 159

INTERIOR

100 112 93 107 94 95 94 98 117

ISLAND

105 109 92 104 81 110 110 117 122

METRO

98 124 124 132 110 110 109 113 133

NORTH

43 45 40 40 38 42 51 41 52

TOTAL

484 525 478 537 470 484 498 509 583

A Town / City breakdown is available on the .pdf Suicide Deaths

BC Coroners Service Reports

Illicit Drug Deaths

Motor Vehicle Accidental Deaths

Homicides

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