Suicide Prévention

From Suicide Attempt Survivor To Mental Health Advocate

Alison Tedford | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Living
Alison Tedford

Joshua Beharry attempted to end his own life one day on the Oak Street Bridge in Vancouver, British Columbia. Five years later, he is a mental health advocate and has detailed his suicide attempt to encourage other men to seek help

We Must End the Silence Surrounding Hospital Suicides

Kathleen Finlay | Posted 09.15.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Finlay

In Canada, it's not clear to what extent inpatient suicides, or unsuccessful attempts that lead to disability, are considered "never events" by healthcare decision makers, or who is keeping track of them for that matter. The fact is there is a wall of secrecy that surrounds hospital suicide and attempts at self-harm in Canada.

How Canadians Can Help a Friend in Need

Kevin Chan | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Impact
Kevin Chan

We need to become better aware of the warning signs of mental illness. We need to ask more questions, press for better answers, and for those who need help, encourage them to get it immediately. We need to make the kind of deep, personal connections that prevent suicides.

World Suicide Prevention Efforts in British Columbia

Alison Tedford | Posted 09.12.2015 | Canada Living
Alison Tedford

There have been thousands of words written about the prevalence of suicide among men. Thanks to the efforts of Joel Robison in collaboration with Heads Up Guys, there is also a powerful new image to bring awareness to the issue.

The Media Needs to Address Suicide

Arthur Gallant | Posted 07.30.2015 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

In my opinion, the media has a responsibility for helping to push social justice issues forward. While we should always be remembered for how we lived and not how we died we need to call a spade a spade. Let's take away the fear and stigma out of talking about suicide.

We Must Change the Way We Talk About Suicide

Arthur Gallant | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Impact
Arthur Gallant

The majority of people refer to the act of somebody taking their own life as "committing suicide." We tend to most often use the word "commit" when it comes to the act of carrying out a crime. The act of suicide was once a crime but its now widely known that suicide is most often the result of mental illness.

My Kids Stopped Me From Committing Suicide

BLUNTmoms | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Parents

The plan was to drive off the neighbourhood bridge. It had one of those flimsy corrugated steel side rails at the bottom of a steep hill and curve. I always felt those railings were only a token effort to protect against plans such as this. I had spent the morning running errands and my two-year-old was fast asleep in her car seat in the back. I had installed that seat with the help of a police officer and I knew it was secure and designed to protect on impact. I could see her in my rearview mirror and had a moment of doubt thinking of what I would miss out on.

Treatment for Mental Illness Is as Necessary, and Normal, as Chemo

Sandra Charron | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

I often use cancer as an example when making a point about the lack of support when speaking of mental illness because the very fact that cancer campaigns are many, funding is frequent, and nobody denies its existence nor attributes stigma to the disease is the direct antithesis of that ascribed to any mental illness.

Suicide Risk Can Persist For Years After First Attempt: Study

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Living

TORONTO - The risk of suicide not only rises dramatically after an initial attempt but can persist for many years, a Canadian study has found, suggest...

One Young Woman's Story of Depression, Self-Harm and Hope

Terezia Farkas | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

Erin Farkas is a smart, articulate young woman who's been through depression's grinder. She wants to help other young people fighting depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts. In 2014, Erin posted a YouTube video talking about her struggles with anxiety, depression, self-harm and bullying.

Police Officers Need Help With Mental Health Issues Too

Arthur Gallant | Posted 11.28.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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 11.09.2014 | 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.

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.

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...

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.

Depression Does Define Who You Are

Sandra Charron | Posted 07.27.2014 | 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.