Canada Suicide

Postpartum Depression And Breastfeeding Share An Important Link

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 03.16.2017 | Canada Parents
Nicole Letourneau

Depressed mothers are at very high risk to stop breastfeeding by eight weeks postpartum. But this is because depression often negatively colours mothers' cognitive perceptions which interferes with their ability to accurately interpret their baby's cues.

How I Survived A Lifetime Of Bullying

TamilCulture | Posted 02.17.2017 | Canada Living
TamilCulture

I grew up in a refugee camp to begin with, and since my parents didn't speak German, I was not able to pick up the language very quickly, so I went to kindergarten and was picked on for not knowing German. Not just by fellow kids, but also the teachers, who isolated me and never included me in anything.

This Canadian Veteran's Death Is On All Of Us

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 02.17.2017 | Canada Impact
Jeff Rose-Martland

We cannot continue to hide from the truth. We broke them; we owe them. No amount of re-framing will change that fact. If these veterans made it home from a war, then we should be able to stop them being further casualties.

Catherine Lévesque

Recruits' Deaths At Canadian Forces' Training School Ruled Suicide

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Lévesque | Posted 02.16.2017 | Canada Politics

The Armed Forces are investigating.

We Must All Work To Eliminate The Stigma Around Mental Illness

Erin O'Toole | Posted 01.25.2017 | Canada Politics
Erin O'Toole

On January 23rd, I learned that a good friend had taken his own life the day before. The news of his suicide quickly overwhelmed our group of friends with feelings of deep sadness and confusion. We engaged in the heartbreaking exercise of wondering what we had missed and whether we had failed our friend.

Choosing To Move Forward

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 01.25.2017 | Canada
Jean-Paul Bedard

I am an elite athlete, and I'm known for running insanely long distances, and for brushing up against the limits of human endurance. But over the past...

There's A More Honest Way To Depict Mental Illness In Media

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 01.25.2017 | Canada Living
Sandy Kiaizadeh

We continue to be bombarded with graphically depicted messages that either romanticize suicide in terms of simplistic Romeo and Juliet dreck, or unfairly portray those in the midst of a mental illness crisis as "mad." We start believing falsehoods that keep perpetuating negative stereotypes and stigma.

Is Society Biased Against Single People?

Robert Whitley | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Living
Robert Whitley

Many people may experience an oft-ignored phenomenon well-known to existing singletons - that single people can be marginalized in 21st-century Canada. Like all forms of social marginalization, it can result from the attitudes of individual people, as well as from government and institutional policies.

Community-Based Programs Can Help Reduce Male Suicide

John Oliffe | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Impact
John Oliffe

In Canada, men account for three out of every four suicides -- with seven men dying by suicide every day. And the risk is even greater for gay and bisexual men, who are four times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual men. Which isn't surprising since they also experience higher levels of harassment, discrimination in the workplace and are more likely to be the victims of violent crime.

Trudeau's Broken Promises Lead To Tragedies Like Lionel Desmond's

Bruce Moncur | Posted 01.16.2017 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

My message to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is that Lionel Desmond's death and his killing of his family could have been avoided. It's time to stop lying to veterans. It's time to stop fighting veterans.

I Still Struggle With My Mental Health As An Advocate

Alicia Raimundo | Posted 01.13.2017 | Canada Living
Alicia Raimundo

I have told the story of stopping a young man who almost ended his life at a subway station. But my retelling of that story has always been incomplete. The truth is, the day I stopped that man from ending his life was the same day I was planning to end my life in the same way.

Canada Needs Comprehensive Child Mental Health Strategies

Mariette J. Chartier | Posted 01.13.2017 | Canada Living
Mariette J. Chartier

Each one of us knows a child or a teen who is struggling with either depression, anxiety, an addiction or a behavioural disorder like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Mental illness not only causes high levels of distress in children, but can also interfere in significant and real ways with their lives.

Restricting Veterans' Medical Cannabis Will Cost Lives

Marc Davis | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Marc Davis

Whether help comes in the form of artillery fire, jet fighters, or helicopter gunships, no expense is spared to support and protect our troops when the bullets start flying. But is the federal government willing to continue to fork out $85 a day to keep each of our veterans with PTSD out of harm's way? Apparently not!

We Should Be Talking About Men's Mental Health

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 12.01.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

When it comes to Movember and men's health, the focus has typically been on prostate and testicular cancer. However, there is another common male medical condition that has been relatively overlooked: depression. Clinical depression is a costly and debilitating condition that affects approximately five per cent of the Canadian population in any given year, and 10 per cent of Canadians over the course of a lifetime.

Medical Marijuana Could Help End Canada's Veteran Suicide Crisis

Marc Davis | Posted 11.28.2016 | Canada Living
Marc Davis

Former Canadian combat engineer Fabian Henry used to thrive on adrenaline - especially in combat zones - during his 12 years in the military. Now he smokes medical marijuana to avoid stressors that remind him of his most disturbing wartime experiences. And that's what now keeps him sane, he says.

Ignoring The Male Side Of The Gender Gap Is Not An Option

Robert Whitley | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada Living
Robert Whitley

There is a belief, especially prevalent among academics, that certain groups of men are running society for their own benefit. However the statistics may tell a different tale. The government, as well as society, has a duty to take action to help disenfranchised men.

Talking About Suicide

Anna Pearson | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada Impact
Anna Pearson

As September marked National Suicide Prevention Month, it is important to raise awareness about suicide by helping educate others and eliminate current misconceptions.

A Mother's Love Isn't Always Enough To Prevent Suicide

The Maddie Project | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada Parents
The Maddie Project

Suicide is hard. It is hard to even say the word let alone imagine that someone close to you might think that is the only path forward is to take their own life. It's hard to relate, surreal on many levels. But take a minute to imagine. Imagine losing one of the people you love the most by suicide. Does your stomach drop, your heart race, tears come to your eyes or even fear race through your bones?

What I Mean When I Say 'I Suffer From Depression'

Anna Pearson | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Living
Anna Pearson

The first person I told asked me, "What does that even mean, to have a mental illness?" I struggled to explain how I felt. That was three years ago. Today, I think I have a better grasp on what it means to live with a mental illness. So now I'll finally try to answer that question.

What I Know About PTSD I Didn't Learn In Medical School

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Diane McIntosh

The diagnosis of PTSD requires that a person has "...experienced, witnessed or been confronted with an event or events that involve actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others." The traumatic event must provoke intense fear, helplessness, or horror.

Hospitals Are Not Subject To Freedom Of Religion

Daphne Gilbert | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Daphne Gilbert

Publicly-funded hospitals are not constituted "primarily for religious purposes." All Ontario hospitals, Catholic and others, exist to deliver medically necessary services, and all are funded by provinces for that purpose. All hospitals offer the aid and support of religious counsel to families that request it. All hospitals have quiet spaces for reflection and prayer.

I Know You Will Make It Through Your Struggle With Depression

Brittany Krystantos | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Living
Brittany Krystantos

I get your feelings. You feel so unimportant. Like nothing you do is right. You feel like you're judged for something you can't change. You feel like you can't trust anyone, even your parents of all people. You are told you're too young to make a difference, and I disagree completely!

A Meditation On Loss, Hope And Healing From A Survivor Of Suicide Loss ​

Lynn Keane | Posted 10.04.2016 | Canada Living
Lynn Keane

On the night of Tuesday April 28, 2009 our son died by suicide. As the shock lifted we began the agonizing process of trying to comprehend our new reality. Our 23-year old son had lived with a robust disease that had been brewing for years. He was a strong, intelligent young man; however, even he could not see where his path was headed. Mental illness is a formidable foe. Our tragedy is his absence from our ordinary lives. We are now referred to as survivors. What exactly we are surviving is unclear. We are broken in so many places; trying to put the puzzle that was our life back together. Only now, the pieces do not match.

Is Social Media Popularizing Suicide?

The Maddie Project | Posted 10.03.2016 | Canada Living
The Maddie Project

Our daughter Maddie tragically took her own life at the tender age of fourteen and forever changed the lives of our family and friends.... Maddie's Mom, our boys and friends have made it a personal mission to tell our story, bring greater awareness to youth mental illness and help create better access for those families currently affected by this troubling disease. With all this attention being paid to this illness, largely promoted through the likes of social media, are we fuelling the fire and putting the idea of suicide in our youths' heads?

Prolonged Siege In Madaya Is Pushing Syrians To The Brink

UNICEF Canada | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Impact
UNICEF Canada

Driving towards Madaya in a convoy that snaked along the Damascus highway for hundreds of metres, a huge knot formed in the pit of my stomach. Not knowing what we would find there, and remembering the harrowing images of emaciated children pleading with their eyes for some respite from this siege, it was hard not to be worried.