Canada Suicide

With Nowhere Else To Turn, Mentally Ill Youth End Up In ER

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living

Hardly a comforting atmosphere for a scared teenager who had been planning to take her own life.

Dispelling The Myths About Teen Moods: What's 'Normal' And What's Not

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Well-meaning parents, friends, and even youth themselves, can struggle to decipher the difference between a typical mood swing and a more severe mood disorder or form of mental illness. More often than not, people dismiss or ignore the signs of mental illness, thinking they are normal or a phase that will pas

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.

End Of Life Is Experiencing Social And Legal Change Across Canada

AlzLIVE | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

There is no right answer regarding end of life care. Your personal choices will be interpreted within an increasingly volatile landscape of changing laws and changing interpretations of the laws alongside changes in our society's acceptance of end of life decision-making.

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.

When You Are The Survivor Of Suicide

Adele Ryan McDowell | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Living
Adele Ryan McDowell

For the survivors left behind, suicide is unbelievable and surreal. It is a game changer. Your life is permanently altered. It is the day time stands still. It is the day you stop taking a full breath. It is, alas, the day people can avoid you, talk about you and even blame you.

'Ignite' Offers An Important Message To Those Suffering From Depression

Howard Kerbel | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Living
Howard Kerbel

When you're in it, hang on, don't give up and do not trust everything you are telling yourself. We wrote "Ignite" as a message saying that the pain will pass and you can absolutely ignite your soul, no matter how bad it's gotten.

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

Nunavut Coroner Agrees Suicide Should Be Public Health Emergency

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.28.2015 | Canada

The territory's suicide rate is 13.5 times the national average.

Making Sense of a Psychologist's Suicide

Adele Ryan McDowell | Posted 09.27.2015 | Canada Living
Adele Ryan McDowell

We think, perhaps, we could have done something differently -- made a move or said the right words that might have tipped the balance in favour of life. Death is not easy on a regular basis, but it becomes tainted and shame-faced when described as a suicide. It's as if we, the survivors, have somehow failed to do our part.

Canada's Failure to Protect Trans Women Should Be an Election Issue

Sophia Banks | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Sophia Banks

Like most women in Canada, I feel issues that affect me are generally ignored by politicians, especially on a federal level. There was some buzz on September 21st over the #UpForDebate, which was a panel featuring video clips from political party leaders and a panel of women discussing these clips about the neglected issues women in Canada face. As a woman I should perhaps feel positive and hopeful with this progress, that finally these issues are being addressed at least in some capacity. But as a trans woman I already know that issues affecting my unique needs and concerns will be ignored.

How Many Deaths Will it Take Before We Redefine Masculinity?

Toula Drimonis | Posted 09.21.2015 | Canada Living
Toula Drimonis

News that former NHL enforcer Todd Ewen's recent death was ruled a suicide saddened me. There is no doubt in my mind that competitive sports exact a physical and mental toll on professional athletes -- deaths are not just the consequences of a violent game and the long-term nefarious effects of injuries incurred on these athlete's bodies and brains, but a reflection of a society that does not allow for its men to be weak.

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.

Stigma of Mental Illness Cuts Deeper For Canada's Aboriginal People

Sandra Charron | Posted 09.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Sandra Charron

I recently attended a mental health first aid course in order to further educate myself on the various mental illness disorders, the consequences of their severity and their overall prevalence in the population -- My eyes were opened to an entire population of our Canadian people whose rate of suicide was too horrifying to further ignore. As statistics related to aboriginal suicides were listed, I realized that this war being waged against the stigma of mental illness is but one of the many battles that will need to be addressed honestly in order to understand the magnitude of the affliction our mentally ill population is facing. As communities of aboriginals are fighting an invisible disease, society can dismiss the reality of the stigma by citing drugs and alcohol as the weak link in this people's history.

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.

A Letter to My Younger Self on Understanding Suicide

Lynn Keane | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Living
Lynn Keane

Life is for the living. In the years to come you will wake thinking about your son and not his suicide. In accepting loss, your mind will search for memories of life before depression and suicide became part of your lexicon. There will be much work to do in your son's name and in support of youth suicide prevention.

Understanding the Grief of Suicide

Adele Ryan McDowell | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Living
Adele Ryan McDowell

Your world is no longer the same. There is no clock, no formula, no standard operating procedure. It takes as long as it takes. Your healing journey is unique to you. In grief, you remember and sift and sort through the good and not-so-good memories, feelings, history and artifacts of a life.

I Was Raped - and We Need to Talk About it

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Two years before I entered high school, I was the victim of a violent rape that took place a mere few kilometres from the football locker room I was now standing in. From the moment of that assault, I chose to disappear, fractured into different people -- the person I was afraid to let you see, the person I wanted you to see, and the young man who struggled with that internal turmoil every day for the next 30 years. I've heard that living as a survivor of rape is like living with a secret tumor. It metastasizes in the dark hollows of shame, and it continues to destabilize and corrupt every bond and every relationship in a survivor's life.

Four Years Later, Wade Belak's Suicide Still Weighs Heavily on Me

Michael Landsberg | Posted 08.05.2015 | Canada Living
Michael Landsberg

He told me he was fine. He wasn't. Wade's suicide represents a failure of some kind to me. I'm not sure what. I just know that we were friends -- not best friends, but special friends. Special, because we were bonded by the knowledge of each other's illness. Bonded the way undercover cops might be. Why didn't he reach out to me? Had I not instilled in him enough confidence that I "got it?" I wrote about my guilt shortly after his death. In an article for TSN.ca I referred to my guilt as "blood on my hands."

I'm a Hypocrite for Hiding My Mental Illness From My Kids

Sandra Charron | Posted 08.05.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

All this time I've been advocating to end the stigma associated with mental illness, and yet, in my own home it's a topic I speak of only when the TV is blaring and the true consequences of my disease are muffled by the sound of America's Got Talent.

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.