Self-Harm Visits to Emergency Room (ER) a Greater Problem in Waterloo Region Than Across Province

June 12, 2010
By Johanna Weidner, Record staff

WATERLOO REGION – People intentionally hurt themselves in this area far
more than across most of the province, ranking Waterloo Wellington third worst
after the exceptionally high rates in Northern Ontario, according to a recent
study.

The disturbing statistics about the elevated rate of emergency room visits
for intentional self harm locally were highlighted in the recently released
annual report from the Ontario Health Quality Council.

“Obviously it’s concerning,” said Dr. Wilson Lit, chief clinical
officer and chief of staff at Homewood Health Centre in Guelph.

“We’re higher than the average, and when that happens we want to
look at why.”