Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Injuries and Prevention

Suicides

Overall
By Sex
By Age Group
By Income

Overall

In 2021, there were 66 suicides among Simcoe Muskoka residents. This is 25% higher than what was reported for Simcoe Muskoka in 2020 with 52 suicides. In the first two years of the pandemic (2020 to 2021), suicides in Simcoe Muskoka were more than 20% lower than the average from the previous four years (2016-2019). The number of suicides for Ontario were also lower in 2020 and 2021 when compared to 2016-2019 by 10%. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among young adults (20 to 44 years).

The suicide rate in Simcoe Muskoka for the population 10 years and older from 2020 to 2021 was 10.7 (8.9, 12.9) deaths per 100,000 population, which was the same as the Ontario rate of 10.7 (10.3, 11.1) deaths per 100,000 population.

The suicide rates in Simcoe Muskoka have not changed significantly since 2008. The Ontario rates increased significantly from 2008 to 2019before declining significantly in 2020 and 2021. The Simcoe Muskoka suicide rates were significantly higher than the Ontario rates from 2008 to 2019.

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By Sex

In 2021, the suicide rate among Simcoe Muskoka males was 18.9 (14.1, 24.7) deaths per 100,000, which was more than triple the female rate of 5.0 (2.8, 8.4) deaths per 100,000. The 2020 suicide rates decreased by more than one-third among males before increasing again by approximately the same amount in 2021 to return to a rate similar to what was observed prior to the pandemic. Rates among Simcoe Muskoka females decreased by approximately one-quarter in 2020 and remained at a similar level in 2021.

The suicide rates among Simcoe Muskoka females increased significantly from 2014 to 2017 when compared to 2011 to 2013 but decreased again in the most recent period (2018-2021). The suicide rates among Simcoe Muskoka males did not change significantly from 2011 to 2021.

The suicide rates for Simcoe Muskoka males were significantly higher than the comparable provincial average from 2011 to 2017; however, the local rates among males were not significantly different from the provincial average from 2018 to 2021. The suicide rates for Simcoe Muskoka females were similar to the comparable provincial average from 2011 to 2013; however, from 2014 to 2017 the Simcoe Muskoka female suicide rates were significantly higher than the provincial average. In the most recent period (2018-2021) the local and provincial suicide rates among females were not significantly different from each other.

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By Age Group

The age-specific rate of suicide between 2018 and 2021 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka was highest among adults 45 to 64 years of age at 17.4 (14.4, 20.8) deaths per 100,000. The age-specific suicide rates in Simcoe Muskoka were significantly higher than the comparable provincial rates for adults 45 and older.

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By Income

In Simcoe Muskoka for the five years from 2011-2015 (combined), the average suicide rate among those living in areas with the highest prevalence of low-incomewas twice as high when compared with the rate for those living in areas with the lowest prevalence of low-income.

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Page last updated August 15, 2022