Suicide Prévention

After Suicide: What I Wish I Could Say To My Son Daniel

Lynn Keane | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Living
Lynn Keane

Why didn't you answer our calls that night? We couldn't figure out why you hadn't come home for dinner. When did you last think about your family that terrible night? Did you consider, even for a moment, that our lives would be a living hell after you were gone? Why didn't you tell us that you hated who you had become? You had lost hope. Despite all of the good in your life, I think there was a layer of fear and uncertainty that left you adrift.

Suicide Prevention: I Want Other Families To Know What Ours Didn't

Lynn Keane | Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada Living
Lynn Keane

Our lives have been irrevocably impacted by the loss of our son; a grief that is almost impossible to put into words. Stigma in part prevented our son from seeking support which would have perhaps led him to understand that his depression was the result of many factors. We cannot change our history but as survivors of suicide loss we can channel our grief into changing lives. We can be part of ending stigma forever and be a force in the evolving suicide prevention conversation. As a country we can move from awareness to action and saving lives. In my son's honour I will continue to advocate for youth suicide prevention so other families' understand what our family could not.

Talking About Suicide At Work Shouldn't Be Taboo

Monique Caissie | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Business
Monique Caissie

Having worked in suicide prevention, I know that making suicide and suicide ideation taboo plays a part in suicide statistics. Just like Mental Illness has been coming out of the closet in the last few years, suicides can be prevented when it is destigmatized and talked about. We have anti-bullying legislation talk about workplace harassment. But suicide or suicide ideation and mental illness are too often off the table.

Wake Up Parents, You Could Lose Your Teen To Suicide

The Maddie Project | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Parents
The Maddie Project

Every parent's worst and unimaginable nightmare is losing their child...On the surface many think how could this intelligent, beautiful, popular teenager take her own life. The reality is life can change in a moment and that decision making can never be reversed. What drives me crazy are the parents that look at Madeline's situation as an anomaly and think that this could never happen to my child... It's an irreversible decision that can shatter your family and alter your life forever.

My Son Paid The Ultimate Price For His Depression

Lynn Keane | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Lynn Keane

For months now we have been like detectives trying to make sense of the senseless. In the midst of our pain we are sorting out his life. Professionals have told us that we are mourning the loss of two sons -- the Daniel we cherished and the Daniel who lived with depression. He carried his hurt so well we were unable to help him. Our aching hearts do not understand as yet what our thoughtful minds are telling us. Daniel paid the ultimate price for his depression and now we are forced to live in a world without him.

Male Suicide Survivors Read What Could've Been Their Last Words

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 09.10.2016 | Canada Impact

Powerful.

13 Everyday Ways To Help Prevent Suicide

Adele Ryan McDowell | Posted 09.10.2016 | Canada Living
Adele Ryan McDowell

Saturday is World Suicide Prevention Day. Suicide must surely be out of the closet by now. It happens. It happens every 40 seconds, on average, around the globe per the World Health Organization. Even more startling are the numbers of those who have attempted suicide.

Joshua Ostroff

1 In 5 Canadian Teens Consider Suicide (And How You Can Help Them)

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Parents

Suicide is an issue that isn't talked about enough.

Millennial Mentoring Helps Young Adults Navigate Mental Illness

Ken Rabow | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

Suicide rates are so high these days. Everyone is looking for ways to deal with this. I want to share with you a way to mentor millennials towards better mental health by learning a new way to connect, communicate and care.

I Believe My Daughter Killed Herself To End Our Misery

The Maddie Project | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Parents
The Maddie Project

Maddie's last act was one of selflessness and not of selfishness. That is my belief substantiated by the tears that have flowed endlessly since that fateful night. We are not even close to understanding how these angels feel or the pain that they must be enduring. We must start to hold these delicate youths with greater compassion and not with misunderstanding and trepidation.

It's Not Only OK To Talk About Suicide With Teens, It's Important

Sharon Powers | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Sharon Powers

Parent attitude toward mental health goes a long way. If your child had a cavity, would you let it go unfilled? Skipping antibiotics for a strep infection would be unacceptable. You wouldn't let your teen learn how to drive without them buckling up first. An open wound wouldn't go untreated.

Sharing My Story On #WorldEatingDisordersDay

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Living
Sandy Kiaizadeh

By and large, we live in a diet-obsessed society, so my health nuttiness went unnoticed. Plus, like most individuals with eating disorders, I was a master at hiding all this dysfunctional behaviour for many years. I was also incredibly successful at outwardly presenting a well put-together front when facing the world. I had been a model student, a star employee, a good friend and doting auntie to my young nephews. Until it all came crashing down on me.

Let's Talk About Suicide Precisely Because It Makes Us Uncomfortable

Chakameh Shafii | Posted 04.26.2016 | Canada Living
Chakameh Shafii

Next week is mental health week and as we talk about mental health, I want us to take the time to talk about suicide. To many, suicide is a scary word, forbidden from their vocabulary. We're scared to talk about it because we don't know what the implications are.

Attawapiskat's Suicides Need More Than Superficial Solutions

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 04.19.2016 | Canada Impact
Joshua Ostroff

Dealing with the current crisis isn't enough, because this crisis is unending. As the Attawapiskat teen who confronted Bennett pointed out, our First Nations are living in third-world conditions, and that needs to be dealt with first. We need to build livable houses with access to drinkable water. We need to hire permanent local mental health care workers and addiction specialists. We need to get adults jobs, be it developing local resources, producing and selling traditional goods or telecommuting to office jobs. As Bill Yoachim of the Snuneymuxw First Nation on Vancouver Island told CBC when asked about the suicide crisis: "We need to create space, whether through sport or culture or recreation, to make people feel alive."

The Youth Of Attawapiskat Have Solutions To Fighting Suicide Crisis

Silken Laumann | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Living
Silken Laumann

The biggest complaint I hear from teenagers is that we don't take them seriously. The teens of Attawapiskat have made a list of what they have in their community, their community and social assets if you will. Things like a gym, a Healing Lodge, and a school. They have also made another list: 'What we need.' Notice the list was not titled what we want. Need. These children need a Fitness Centre; it was the first thing on their list. The second was a Track and Field facility. More Sports, a Youth Camp and a clean Swimming Pool. We need to listen now, and give them what they need before it's too late.

Vancouver Needs Mental Health Funding, Not Suicide Fences

David Fine | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada British Columbia
David Fine

The city starts its $35-million makeover of Burrard Bridge this month, so expect traffic chaos. Mostly, though, I feel hoodwinked by the consultation process, which changed nothing except for adding a major element which was not spoken of at all. The city decided, after the consultation, to include suicide prevention barriers after one single health officer spoke to the city to insist they should be done.

Why Canada's New Mental Health Programs Are Irrelevant

Marvin Ross | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Living
Marvin Ross

Michael Wilson, the chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, has called for funding for a program of citizen gatekeepers all over Canada who can spot likely suicides and prevent them. It appears that the MHCC loves to set up programs that make people feel better but that have never been demonstrated to be effective. And sadly, this new one could be just as much of a waste of time and money. Here's why.

Joshua Ostroff

Child Suicide Is A Crisis In Canada. Here's How We Can Prevent It

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada Parents

"We have 10-year-old kids taking their lives. Something is terribly wrong."

Every Day Should Be #BellLetsTalk Day

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Living
Sandy Kiaizadeh

It takes a lot of courage to own up to your difficulties, to open up to a complete stranger, and most importantly, to be willing to roll up your sleeves and do the inner work needed to heal. It's not a walk in the park, by any stretch of the imagination.

The Day My Rescue Dog Rescued Me

Zoë Gemelli | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada
Zoë Gemelli

Everything was planned. The collection of pills, the letters, the dowry of cameras, books, and music; all neatly placed on my to-do list. And then my pug, with a snort and a twitch, saved my life.

'Suicide Shirts' Appear To Be Removed From Amazon

CP | Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.09.2016 | Canada Business

"Amazon holds the responsibility here."

5 Ways We Can Reduce Suicides In Canada

Jitender Sareen | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Living
Jitender Sareen

Despite recent headlines, Canadian rates of suicide and attempted suicide have remained largely unchanged over the last several decades. What has changed is that we've seen increasing rates of suicide in the Canadian military recently, after stable rates for decades. The problem of suicide is not limited to the military in Canada; indigenous populations, especially in northern remote communities, have high rates of suicide. We need a unified approach across provincial and federal sectors to reduce suicides in the military, among veterans and civilians.

First Haida NBA Player Is Tackling Youth Suicides

Chris Taylor | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Chris Taylor

Damen Bell-Holter, a 25-year-old, 6'9" gentle giant, is making headlines for speaking out about the issue of youth suicides, which have plagued First Nations communities.

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 09.15.2016 | 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.