According to the World Health Organization, someone around the globe is killed by suicide every 40 seconds, and more than double the number of people die by suicide than as a direct result of armed conflict. As reported by Statistics Canada, over 4000 Canadians die by suicide each year, over 3000 of them male. Suicide is the second leading cause of death of people between the ages 15 through 34; only accidents claim more of their lives. For people age 35 through 44, only cancer and accidents result in more deaths than suicide. An increase of heart disease in people between the ages of 45 and 54 results in suicide being their fourth leading cause of death. Although the percentage of deaths by suicide decreases with age because of an increase in disease, the number of deaths by suicide in Canada increases until age 55.
To bring the gift of music to Canada on World Suicide Prevention Day, to raise awareness surrounding the mysterious barricades between mental illness and health, between the darkness of depression and a flicker of hope, between life and death. To encourage public discourse about the prevalence of suicide and measures for suicide prevention. To encourage the formation of community by those impacted by suicide, and to raise funds for education and support for those at risk and those impacted by suicide.