Canada Suicide

It's Been One Year to the Day Since I Last Saw Rehtaeh Alive

Glen Canning | Posted 04.03.2014 | Canada Living
Glen Canning

Today marks one year since I last saw my daughter Rehtaeh alive. The last time we spoke, the last good bye, and the last "I love you." She got out of my car and walked into her mom's house. On the way home she asked if we could stop at McDonald's. How I wish we did, one last time. Rae passed away April 7, 2013. It's been a year-long nightmare but I try to keep hold of myself. Now that I'm outspoken about our daughter's struggles I've unfortunately attracted the attention of the worst society has to offer. They send messages reminding me Rehtaeh is "worm food," she's dead because I failed as a father. But it's mainly through talking that I've learned the difference Rehtaeh made and the impact she's had on others.

10 Things to Expect When You're Mentally Ill

Sandra Charron | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

These past six months have been an onslaught of revelations, some good and some bad, as I've been navigating my way through my diagnoses. Along with the side effects of the cocktail of medications that have been hit and miss in helping to alleviate the symptoms of my mental illnesses, adjusting to my life has been a juggling act of emotions.

My Depression Is My Own Responsibility

Krista Thompson | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Living
Krista Thompson

Nine months ago I triggered depression by my desire to rapidly grow my business. I came up against a brick wall of negative beliefs about my ability to grow the business. The breakdown occurred because I wanted to succeed and the voice inside my head kept repeating old thoughts about why I couldn't or shouldn't fail.

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.

How the "Ugliest Woman in the World" Overcame Bullying

Lauren Messervey | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

If you google the keywords "ugliest woman in the world", an image of Lizzie Velasquez will come up. Lizzie became aware of this in the ugliest manner that any person could discover such a thing; she saw a video with that tagline on YouTube.

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.

The Politics of Bullying

Tad Milmine | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Tad Milmine

The last couple months have taught me a lot about youth, bullying and the politics of it all. As I tell the youth, I am "just a guy named Tad" and I am not an expert or professional on this topic at all. Having reflected on this recently, I believe it is safe to say that I do know a lot about bullying however, directly from the source ... the youth.

This is the End of Civil Discussion

Jeff Paterson | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Jeff Paterson

I'm no John Ivison, Christie Blatchford, Chantal Hebert, Ezra Levant, Christopher Hume, Andrew Coyne or Margaret Wente. Heck, you could find bloggers...

Breaking the Silence Around PTSD in the Military

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

No one would question a cancer diagnosis, or any other medicial condition, except when it comes to PTSD. Suddenly, everyone is a mental health expert. Nobody would dare question cancer, but PTSD? Fair game. In fact, it would be unthinkable to even not question it. The military culture demands it.

Bullying Ends Here: How You Can Help

Tad Milmine | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Tad Milmine

Well another school year has just started and "Bullying Ends Here" is in high demand across North America. I am on a mission to continue telling the world about a boy named Jamie Hubley and hope that his story, along with my own, will show youth that they have support and have someone that they can communicate with through email at any time. I have received over 5000 emails in 6 months and I respond to each and every one of them. That is my commitment to youth. I will help any way that I can.

What Makes Suicides Newsworthy?

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada
Romeo Vitelli

Is suicide really contagious? Along with celebrity suicides, research has linked copycat deaths to news stories describing specific locations and/or methods of committing suicide that increases the likelihood of vulnerable people killing themselves in the same way. However, looking at the data on a per-country basis reveals a different story about how suicide is reported, and why.

Slut-shaming, Suicide, and Mrs. Hall

Anne Theriault | Posted 11.07.2013 | Canada
Anne Theriault

When I read a recent blog post addressing "indecent girls" that the author's sons may encounter online, the first people that I thought of were Amanda Todd, Rehtaeh Parsons, Audrie Pott, and Cherice Morales. In each of these cases, the girls became social pariahs. In each of these cases, the girls committed suicide after enduring bullying and slut-shaming both online and offline. All because of that toxic mentality.

Bullycide: A Parent's Unrelenting Nightmare

Jonathan Hewitt | Posted 09.17.2013 | Canada Living
Jonathan Hewitt

Unlike most emotional injuries, the core and source of the pain never changes at all -- I can go right back to December 5, 2006 literally in a heartbeat. I try not to do that, and therein lies one of the fundamental truths of the matter. Even I thought that by now I'd be free of the worst effects of my experience, I've come to realize that that sort of wishful thinking doesn't ring true.

The Shock and Shame of Mental Illness

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 08.25.2013 | Canada Living
Diane Weber Bederman

I need the medications to stay healthy. My need is not one that comes from weakness; it comes from an underlying chemical imbalance that talk therapy alone could not fix. People still tell me there are ways of treating my illness that don't include drugs. I wonder if they say the same thing to their friends with high blood pressure and diabetes?

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.

What Marilyn Monroe Taught Us About Suicide Notes

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 05.01.2013 | Canada
Romeo Vitelli

But could Marilyn Monroe's own writings provide clues about her suicidal intentions? Many of the letters, poems, and personal notes that Monroe wrote in the years leading up to her death were recently collected in a single book, Marilyn Monroe's Fragments. Her writings have only recently become available for serious study by suicide researchers.

Why I'm Afraid I Could End Up Like Mindy McCready

Arthur Gallant | Posted 04.21.2013 | Canada
Arthur Gallant

Anytime a celebrity or somebody in the spotlight, like Mindy McCready, takes his or her own life we tend to only talk about the issues facing that specific person. Maybe its easier to talk of somebody everybody knows of. I've talked about why I was grateful I'm still living because, as I've learned, I have a lot to live for. I saw that first hand after my two suicide attempts.

First Nation Cops Are Facing "Combat-Level" Stress

Charlie Angus | Posted 04.20.2013 | Canada
Charlie Angus

On a warm evening last May, officer Pauline Nguyen went into her backyard and shot herself with her police service revolver. The death of this popular 24-year-old police officer stunned people in her hometown of Thunder Bay. There have been other attempted and threatened suicides from overstressed officers. And the pressures are about to get worse. On March 31, the Conservative government will terminate the Police Officer Recruitment Fund (PORF). The loss of this funding will mean lay-offs of 11 more police officers. Such a loss will add pressure to an already overstretched force.

Time to Remove "Mental" from Mental Illness

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 04.13.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

It is the stigma, the shame and prejudice attached to the phrase "mental illness" that keeps people from accessing care. Mental illness is not in the mind; it is in the brain. Changing the name from "mental" to brain illness can be the beginning of a change in attitude towards those of us with these illnesses.

1 In 4 Calls To Quebec Suicide Hotline Go Unanswered

CBC | Posted 04.10.2013 | Canada

Thousands of calls to Quebec's suicide hotline are never answered and the government says it needs to act quickly to make sure those who need help are...

Overheard on the VIA Train: "Indians Are Lazy"

Marko Sijan | Posted 03.20.2013 | Canada Politics
Marko Sijan

A study made last summer by Nanos Research and the Institute for Research on Public Policy ranks aboriginal issues as the least important concern among Canadians. I was recently delayed at Union Station for four hours due to an Idle No More blockade. An attendant announced in a surly tone that the train had been stopped due to "une manifestation d'Indiens." Contrary to news reports, my fellow passengers weren't "taking it in stride." Many groaned but didn't speak; I wrote down some of the comments others shared about "the lazy Indians."

Misplaced Rage Over A Prank Gone Wrong

Benjamin Morris | Posted 02.09.2013 | Canada Alberta
Benjamin Morris

We live in a world that is sadly uninformed. A world where real issues are ignored simply, because the public likes to place anger on people who don't deserve it, while they continue to be ignorant on issues of grave societal importance.

Happy Royal News Turns Into Macabre State Of Affairs

Shachi Kurl | Posted 02.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Shachi Kurl

What a mess. It was inevitable that Kate's pregnancy would have given birth to breathless media coverage and celebration whenever it was divulged. It should have been happy, frothy, celebrity news. Instead, a woman going through a very rough, early pregnancy goes to hospital and the whole world knows about it. A nurse, fooled by broadcasters, mistakenly transfers a call that should have been hung up on, and is found dead days later. It is a sad, macabre state of affairs.

Staff Thwarts Suicide Attempt At Gun Range

CP | John Cotter, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.31.2012 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - The owner of a firearms range at West Edmonton Mall is full of praise for two of her employees who may have prevented a customer from killi...