Canada Suicide

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.

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.

One Year Later: Lessons From Robin Williams' Suicide

Adele Ryan McDowell | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Living
Adele Ryan McDowell

On August 11, 2014, Robin's life shockingly ended in suicide. Much commentary ensued over the past year. On this first-year anniversary of his passing, it seems more than appropriate to ask the question: What have we learned from Robin Williams' suicide?

I'm a Canadian Who Suffers From Mental Ilness - And I'm far From Alone

Brittany Dempster | Posted 07.06.2015 | Canada Living
Brittany Dempster

I recall sitting on the ground at the back of a church in a crouched position. Tears flowed down my face as I whimpered. It was one of those days again -- a day that I did not want to see or talk to anyone; a day that I just wanted to go to sleep and never wake up again.

Assisted Suicide Policy Needs to Account for the Human Ability to Overcome

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Politics
Harvey Max Chochinov

Human beings are not good at predicting how they will react in circumstances that have yet to unfold. Those of us working in healthcare understand that life-altering illness, trauma or anticipation of death can sometimes sap the will to live. In those instances, healthcare providers are called upon to commit time; time to manage distress, provide unwavering support and to assuage fear that patients might be abandoned to their hopelessness and despair. That is the essence of how medicine has traditionally responded to suffering. Stopping time by way of arranging the patient's death has never been part of that response.

My Kids Stopped Me From Committing Suicide

BLUNTmoms | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Parents
BLUNTmoms

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.

Police Chiefs Must Remove the Stigma From Talking About Mental Health

Arthur Gallant | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

I am genuinely worried about the mental health of police officers across Canada (and around the world for that matter). It absolutely appalls me that there are officers across the country taking their own lives -- some with their service-issued gun. Police chiefs across the country need to get really creative to ensure another member of their forces do not take their own lives. One way we can help to facilitate this much-needed change is by talking. We need to take the sting out of talking about mental illness. None of us would be ashamed to admit we have a physical illness, so why are we so afraid to talk about our mental illnesses?

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.

Social Change Requires More Than Just a Retweet

Elisa Birnbaum | Posted 05.16.2015 | Canada Impact
Elisa Birnbaum

Bell Let's Talk Day inspired active online engagement, attracted celebrity endorsements and the attention of media, all the while raising vital charitable dollars. But a one-day social media event is not enough to significantly move the needle away from ignorance, fear and silence. After all, what happens the next day, and the day after that? Social change requires more than a social media plan. It requires a long-term sustainable strategy. Because in our content-rich, highly distracted world, passion is sometimes overrun by profit, causes are sidestepped by things like limited overhead and the desire to stay current fuels an unyielding need to move onto the next big thing.

'Stay Weird, Stay Different' Was The Best Message The Oscars Could Deliver

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 02.23.2015 | Canada Impact

Most Academy Award winners stay safe with their speeches, thanking family members and colleagues. But Graham Moore decided to be brave. The writer ...

Writing Helps Me Cope With My Son's Suicide

Lynn Keane | Posted 04.24.2015 | Canada Living
Lynn Keane

Reading non-fiction and personal memoirs was also an important part of the healing process for me. Reading allowed me to set aside my own emotions and be absorbed in someone else's life. It provided an escape and a road map to writing my son's story.

Man Who Attempted Suicide Finds Guy Who Saved His Life

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 02.16.2015 | Canada Impact

One cold night in 2002, Mark Henick decided he wanted to kill himself. The Cape Breton teen had attempted suicide before. He was anxious and depres...

People With Mental Illness Deserve To Die With Dignity Too

Arthur Gallant | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

I have advocated extensively for mental illness to be treated and looked at the same as physical illnesses. That's why if we're going to accept physician assisted-suicide as an appropriate remedy for people suffering from an irremediable physical illness then we must accept this to be an appropriate remedy for people living with mental illness.

A Look At Right-To Die Laws Around The World

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Politics

The Supreme Court of Canada will rule this morning on whether mentally competent, but suffering terminally-ill patients, have a right to a medically a...

Top Court Strikes Down Ban On Doctor-Assisted Suicide

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada shifted the goalposts Friday on one of the most fundamental of human laws. In a charter precedent that will go...

Does Cancer or MS Trump Mental Illness?

Sandra Charron | Posted 03.14.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Health is health. One disease does not trump another. But support goes a long way in raising spirits and causing one to feel less alone; less isolated. Depression is a state which has for its purpose to gnaw away at your mind bit by bit, until you have given up completely. And when that happens, the outcome is the same for someone battling from depression as someone fighting cancer.

More Than 230,000 Ontarians Considered Suicide In 2013: Study

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Living

TORONTO - A new study from Canada's largest mental health and addiction research centre suggests more than 230,000 Ontario adults "seriously contempla...

Bruce Cockburn On 'If I Had A Rocket Launcher' Turning 30

HuffPost Canada Music | Jason MacNeil | Posted 11.13.2014 | Canada Music

It took a bit longer than anticipated, but Canadian icon Bruce Cockburn says he felt different emotions when finally completing his memoir "Rumours Of...

What is the Link Between Bullying, Cyberbullying and Suicide?

Kids Help Phone | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Living
Kids Help Phone

In recent years, some parents might have found themselves wondering: "What is the link between bullying, cyberbullying, and suicide?" "Is bullying worse than when I was a kid?" "What can I do to keep my kid safe?" For many parents, it's easy to slide into worry-mode. But it's important for parents to be mindful of how they are reacting to stories they are hearing in the media or within the community.

Does Reporting on Youth Suicide Cause or Prevent More Incidents?

Stephanie Leon | Posted 12.28.2014 | Canada Living
Stephanie Leon

In the last few years, two high profile youth suicides in the Ottawa region garnered tremendous media attention and, as a new study suggests, resulted in increased emergency room visits by youth for mental health distress. But what at first sounds like an alarming link may serve as an important positive lesson.

Is Canada Ready for Assisted Suicide?

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 12.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Harvey Max Chochinov

This past week, the Supreme Court of Canada has been hearing an appeal by the BC Civil Liberties Association that could grant terminally ill Canadians the right to assisted suicide. The Court faces a daunting task. Palliative care cannot eliminate every facet of end-of life suffering. Preserving dignity for patients at the end of life requires a steadfast commitment to non-abandonment, meticulous management of suffering and a tone of care marked by kindness. In response to this dignity conserving approach, the former head of the Hemlock Society conceded that "if most individuals with a terminal illness were treated this way, the incentive to end their lives would be greatly reduced."