Suicide Prévention

Why Farmer Suicide Rates Are the Highest of Any Occupation

Terezia Farkas | Posted 07.22.2014 | 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.

Depression Does Define Who You Are

Sandra Charron | Posted 05.27.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

We all have a defining characteristic. To accept that depression defines me means that I know who "me" is right now. That will change in the future. But for now, accepting that depression defines me means that I know who I am.

When Depression Sucks Back Every Breath You Take

Sandra Charron | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Depression doesn't decide when it will attack. It sits on your head, an ever-looming presence, watching you go about your day. Sometimes, it can sit there for so long, you will forget it's there. You will start making plans for yourself; glorious, luxurious, productive plans. They will be ruined.

Dealing With Depression Can Help Prevent Suicide

Terezia Farkas | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

Suicide is not something a person usually wants to sit down and chat about. The word, never mind the action, has even more stigma attached than depression. Yet suicide remains the number one threat to the self in depression. That's why talking about suicide is as important as any health issue.

How I Lost and Found Myself

Tanya Raheel | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Living
Tanya Raheel

It's been months since I've felt like writing. On the heels of what can best be described as a shocking life-altering experience on November 3 last year, I simply lost my writing mojo. I needed to stop, get off the proverbial merry-go-round and re-think many things. Wondering exactly what happened to me on November 3?

Madison Holleran Should Not Have Died This Way

Kate Van Buskirk | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Living
Kate Van Buskirk

That a 19-year-old runner committed suicide is tragic in a way that is nearly impossible to express, never mind to comprehend. I am so deeply sorry, Madison, for the pain you felt. I am so sorry that you weren't able to find the support and treatment that you needed to prevent this outcome.

True Suicide Prevention Comes in the Form of Treatment, Bob

Marvin Ross | Posted 03.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Marvin Ross

Former interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Bob Rae is calling for a national strategy on suicide. While Rae is undoubtedly moved by sadness, he has failed to do his homework. What we do not need is another committee wasting scarce resources to study what is already known. We do need better access for people so that they can get the treatment that they need.

Action Needed On Youth Suicide: B.C. Coroners

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada British Columbia

BURNABY, B.C. - The British Columbia Coroners Service needs to collect more and better information on youth-suicide victims, including if they were bu...

Why Pointing Fingers Will Not Stop Aboriginal Youth Suicide

Frank Busch | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada
Frank Busch

The Aboriginal community is reeling from the recent suicide of an 11-year-old boy in Nunavut. And before the shock has even had a chance to wear off, the finger pointing began. Did the boy commit suicide because he was living in an isolated northern community? Did he suffer from abuse? Were mental health services not readily available? Was there not enough funding for suicide prevention programs?

Is Suicide Contagious?

CBC | Posted 07.23.2013 | Canada Living

Experts on adolescent behaviour say the apparent susceptibility of Canadian teens to the idea of suicide shows the need to change public discussion ab...

We Need To Spot Mental Distress In Teens Before It's Too Late

Arthur Gallant | Posted 07.22.2013 | Canada
Arthur Gallant

I am not surprised that new research suggests youth of 12 and 13 years old are most vulnerable to suicidal thoughts. I want all of you to think about your experience in grade 7 and 8. Think about the events that unfolded. The loss of a friend would be the loss of your world.

We Don't Need Another Amanda Todd -- Let's Talk About Suicide

Arthur Gallant | Posted 12.23.2012 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

With the recent, tragic, and unnecessary death of bullying victim Amanda Todd, I believe that it is time to talk about suicide openly. Having the nation begin to talk about bullying and suicide prevention should have happened a long time ago. I am sad that it has taken an end to a life to begin talking about suicide so openly but it is something we must talk about to prevent it.

Are Suicide Rates Declining Worldwide?

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 11.25.2012 | Canada Living
Romeo Vitelli

Although collecting health statistics across the world can seem almost impossible because of political unrest, economic problems, wars, and simple bureacracy, the World Health Organization has been collecting mortality statistics since the 1950s for most countries. Are suicide rates declining worldwide?

I Won my Battle With Suicide, But I Was One of the Lucky Ones

Andrew Lawton | Posted 11.10.2012 | Canada
Andrew Lawton

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. There was a time not too long ago where I wasn't planning on being around for the occasion. I am a suicide survivor. On December 9, 2010, I went to a public washroom, downed a container of pills and counted down what I thought were my final hours. Tomorrow was never supposed to come. Surviving an attempt has its own difficulties. My decision to reveal this was rooted in my frustration at society's stigma towards those with mental illness and the lack of understanding about suicide.

New Suicide Risk Assessment Tool Should Help In Prevention

CP | Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.09.2012 | Canada Living

HALIFAX - A new suicide risk assessment tool used by health professionals in some Nova Scotia hospitals is a "valuable step" towards preventing suicid...

Why I'm Glad I Didn't Succeed At Ending My Life

Arthur Gallant | Posted 09.08.2012 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

My suicide attempts were five years apart and each time I felt emotional pain that was too deep to describe. To me, ending my life was the only way to solve my problems which I've learned is not the case. There's a classic saying that goes, "Live everyday as if it's your last." While mental illness and suicide are very challenging topics, we need to treat those around us as if today is their last day too -- with love and respect.

Let's Talk About Suicide

Gerald McEachern | Posted 08.28.2012 | Canada Living
Gerald McEachern

There have been two recent suicides in our small community, which I find distressing. When a suicide happens we usually learn about it from the local whispering network, but rarely from the news. The reason is obvious: local media still protect surviving families from guilt or shame. Suicide is too common, yet preventable, and the the subject is still taboo.