A new report has found that rates of emergency room visits and hospitalization due to suicide and self-harm are ``significantly higher'' in Waterloo Region than in Ontario as a whole.
The report, prepared by the region's public health department and the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council, was presented to a regional council committee on Tuesday.
It finds that the prevalence of mood disorders, suicidal thoughts and planning were "statistically significantly higher in Waterloo Region compared to Ontario,'' according to a summary.
It also finds that emergency department visits and hospitalizations related to self-harm were higher in Waterloo Region than the province overall.
However, a letter presented to council's community services committee warns that "some knowledge gaps'' persist about suicide and self-harm, and more research is needed to fill in the blanks.
The report says lesbian, gay, bisexual and Indigenous people had "`by far'' the highest rates of suicidal behaviour, often up to four times the overall rate in Waterloo Region.