Canada Suicide

Does Reporting on Youth Suicide Cause or Prevent More Incidents?

Stephanie Leon | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Living
Stephanie Leon

In the last few years, two high profile youth suicides in the Ottawa region garnered tremendous media attention and, as a new study suggests, resulted in increased emergency room visits by youth for mental health distress. But what at first sounds like an alarming link may serve as an important positive lesson.

Is Canada Ready for Assisted Suicide?

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 10.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Harvey Max Chochinov

This past week, the Supreme Court of Canada has been hearing an appeal by the BC Civil Liberties Association that could grant terminally ill Canadians the right to assisted suicide. The Court faces a daunting task. Palliative care cannot eliminate every facet of end-of life suffering. Preserving dignity for patients at the end of life requires a steadfast commitment to non-abandonment, meticulous management of suffering and a tone of care marked by kindness. In response to this dignity conserving approach, the former head of the Hemlock Society conceded that "if most individuals with a terminal illness were treated this way, the incentive to end their lives would be greatly reduced."

What We Can Do to Slow Down the Growing Suicide Rate in Alaska

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 10.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Romeo Vitelli

According to the most recent statistics, suicide rates outside Alaska's main cities are four times the national average and among the highest in the world. In 2010 alone, the number of suicide in Alaska's Kuskokwim prompted state and local officials to mount an emergency response. Despite their efforts however, suicide rates in rural Alaska are still high.

B.C. Gov't Apologizes For Firing Worker Who Committed Suicide

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - The allegations were serious, a stern-faced British Columbia health minister announcing that seven employees had been fired and the RCMP ha...

Police Officers Need Help With Mental Health Issues Too

Arthur Gallant | Posted 09.28.2014 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

To the police officers reading this I have a message for you: You are strong. Getting help is not a sign of weakness: it is a sign of strength. Please do not suffer alone, just as you expect civilians to seek you out for help you yourselves must also get help and its OK to do so.

Too Many Farmers Are Committing Suicide

Terezia Farkas | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

Farmers are committing suicide as you read this article. In countries like India, the rate of farmer suicides has become a national crisis. The World Health Organization (WHO) is particularly concerned with farmer suicides because of the impact it is having on families. WHO estimates that one person commits suicide every 13.3 minutes.

What I've Learned After a Decade of Researching Suicide

Jitender Sareen | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada Living
Jitender Sareen

The death of comedian Robin Williams last month sparked a worldwide discussion about suicide, its underlying causes and how it might be prevented. And, with World Suicide Prevention Day taking place Sept. 10, the subject is certain to generate more debate as people seek to understand this important health issue. Having spent 10 years researching the subject while working as a professor of psychiatry, I believe there are things we can do as a community to tackle this problem. With that in mind, I thought it might be helpful to reflect on what researchers have learned over the years about strategies for preventing suicide.

Let Your Kids Know They Can Talk to You About Suicide

Kids Help Phone | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Kids Help Phone

Suicide is a complex subject, and it can be difficult to talk about with a young person. But it's important to let kids know they can come to you, no matter what. Suicide can affect anyone, and in Canada, it is among the leading causes of death in young people ages 15-24.

Would You Kick Someone Battling Cancer?

Sandra Charron | Posted 08.31.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Have we learned nothing from the death of Robin Williams? People who suffer from depression do so quietly. They keep their secret tucked away in their chest where the agony of it is only noticeable to them, not others.

Teens Are Talking About Suicide. Why Aren't Adults?

Glen Canning | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Impact
Glen Canning

Robin Williams didn't die from suicide, he died from depression. Zelda Williams eloquently wrote, "... I'll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay..." She summed up the words of loved ones left behind beautifully. Rehtaeh didn't decide one night to kill herself -- she died a slow, painful death from a disease of the soul that kills close to 4,000 Canadians a year. Teenagers are talking about suicide and we need to make sure theirs are not the only voices in the conversation. Sadly, the very voices needed the most are the ones missing. The voices of teachers, parents, psychologists, doctors, police officers, mental health workers, and community leaders. We need to talk about suicide.

Here's A Story I'll Never Get To Tell Robin Williams

Brett Caron | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada
Brett Caron

I have my own ideas about what it means to control your own life and the right a person should have to end that life if they choose. But I'm not writing this to spout my opinion on suicide. I'm writing this to tell a story I'll never have the chance to tell Robin Williams, as if I would've had a chance of ever meeting the man.

People Are Defined By How They Lived, Not How They Died

Charlotte Ottaway | Posted 10.20.2014 | Canada Living
Charlotte Ottaway

On March 11, 2001, a woman named April died by suicide. Her friend Jenn was the one who found her. It was an extremely traumatic event in Jenn's life. It transformed her entire world. Let's encourage others to have careful and candid conversations about suicide. For Jenn's family, suicide exists at the dinner table and at every family gathering, because there's always an empty chair. But most families are not having these conversations.

The Love of Your Children Can't Always Save You From Depression

Sandra Charron | Posted 10.18.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

I read Zelda Williams's tribute to her dad. I could barely focus on the accolades because my mind zeroed in on the few words "While I'll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay..." Because that's the bottom line. His children loved him deeply, and he loved them, and yet, all that love was insufficient to keep him here...Or rather, the pain was just too much. That scares me.

Depression: You Can Win The Battle And You Can Win The War

Alex Sangha | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Alex Sangha

Everyone feels sad from time to time. But when the sadness doesn't stop and emotions start to interfere with life, that person may be depressed. Winston Churchill called his depression his "black dog."

I Think About Suicide Every Day, Even Though I'm Getting Help

JoinTheChase | Posted 10.14.2014 | Canada Living
JoinTheChase

I understand why people kill themselves. I think about it every day. That's not an exaggeration. It varies how much I think about it each day, but there hasn't been a day in the last six months that I haven't thought about it, and it's been this way since I was about 10. Very very occasionally I get a day where I'm struggling really bad, but I don't want to be dead. But it's not often.

That Funny Person You Know Could Be Dying Inside

Anne T. Donahue | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada Living
Anne T. Donahue

I cried a lot, and slept when I could, and felt like shit. I can't even tell you how shitty I felt because there's actually no way to articulate it. I didn't want to die, but I felt like I was completely out of control, because I was, and that shit is scary. And of course, no one knew. I told no one. I acted fine, just like I still do, because I don't really like to talk about this kind of shit. Those emotions have been catalogued and put away.

When The Laughter Dies

Alyson Jones | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

So many laughs and images are conjured in my mind when I think of Robin Williams. Whether he was shouting "Good Morning Vietnam" or giving a whole new...

Suicide Isn't A Product Of Not Trying

Shannon Fisher | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Shannon Fisher

Go ahead and post that suicide hotline number. I've used it and I'll continue to use it. But even better, recognize that this darkness is a monster that -- even with all the help and resources and puppy cuddles -- is lonely and demoralizing and confusing and exhausting to fight. And please recognize all of the work we do to stay alive.

Don't Let Depression Stay a Secret Society

Terezia Farkas | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

Depression forms its own secret society. We're afraid of the consequences of our bosses, co-workers, family and friends finding out about our depression on Facebook. What is the worse consequence? People finding out you are depressed or you committing suicide? All it takes is one soul among friends to speak out.

Where To Get Help If You're Thinking About Suicide

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Impact

There is no easy way to put this, and there's no point in beating around the bush: if you are thinking about suicide, you need to get help. Every d...

A Letter to My Suicidal Self

Angela Hartlin | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada Living
Angela Hartlin

I will tell you that I know you've tried what feels like everything to create a tolerable existence, but it hasn't worked thus far. I also know that you have hoarded your past expired medications in your toy hamper waiting for this day when you finally get "the nerve" to go through with ending it all. Please don't let today be your last, I want you to experience what it's like to smile for real again and you'll be taking that opportunity away.

Despite All the Laughs, Robin Williams Suffered

Mathieu Murphy-Perron | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada Living
Mathieu Murphy-Perron

Rare are the moments where reading of an actor's passing does much more to me other than illicit a half-shrug before I carry on with my day, but in the case of Robin Williams it stopped me straight in my tracks. Williams depression wasn't new. He was an alcoholic with a long history of substance abuse. He dodged consistent allegations of stealing jokes throughout his years as a stand-up comic. He suffered. Despite and through the laughs, he suffered.

If We Always Talked About Suicide This Much, We'd Be Better Off

Arthur Gallant | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

The moment a celebrity or somebody takes his or her life we, as a society, are all over it. It makes me think if we talked about suicide this much when it wasn't in the news due to something like Williams' death we would be better off. In addition to talking about Williams let's also talk about the thousands of other "normal" people who also died of suicide today.

Don't Call Robin Williams' Death a Waste

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

Suicide isn't "giving up" or "giving in." Suicide is a terrible decision made by someone whose pain is so great that they can no longer hold it, and feel they have no other option in life but to end it. It's a decision you can't take back, and a decision that will affect your friend and family forever. It is not taken lightly. For someone looking in, it does seem like a waste -- especially in the case of Robin Williams, who was a brilliantly funny man and a talented actor. But imagine, if you will, feeling so desperate, so desolate, so incredibly sad and hurt that you honestly cannot see a way out. Williams did things in his life that touched people to their core. It is a sad, sad loss, but it is not a waste.

Why Farmer Suicide Rates Are the Highest of Any Occupation

Terezia Farkas | Posted 09.21.2014 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

Farming is a fairly isolated occupation with a small, close-knit community of co-workers and family. In the small farming community, the saying that everyone knows everything about each other is true. Going to a mental health professional or admitting you are depressed quickly becomes the news. This reduced sense of confidentiality ensures farmers don't talk about their depression.