Canada Suicide

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

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.

When It Comes To Mental Health, Love Goes A Long Way

Jessica Gerlock | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Living
Jessica Gerlock

When living with a mental illness, you feel scared and alone. You might have the best support system around you but you still feel like there is no one. It feels like nobody understands what is going through your mind and you are living in this dark scary world. You end up pushing away your family and friends. You become selfish and you don't care how you treat other people and how your actions affect them.

10 Things I Wish You Knew About My Struggle With Depression

Puja Uppal | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Living
Puja Uppal

I thought I could just "think positive" myself out of it, and when that didn't work I tried to make myself as perfect as I could. I was fooling myself. Publicly I wore a mask of the cheery girl I used to be, privately I was barely keeping my head above water. That's when suicide entered my mind. It was like my new obsession.

Young People Need Early Access To Mental Health Care

Christopher Canning | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Living
Christopher Canning

For me, figuring out and seeking treatment for my anxiety has been a healing and affirming process. But I often wonder: how would my childhood and teenage years have been different if I had a vocabulary for understanding my anxiety? If my parents, siblings or friends did? If I had early access to therapy or other kinds of treatment -- or even just a way to talk about my anxiety and resulting depression?

Case Of The Blues Or Teen Depression? Know The Signs

Alyson Schafer | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyson Schafer

We all have ups and downs. Some people are very moody and emotionally intense. How does a parent separate the normal swings of a youth's tumultuous life from a real depression that needs treatment?

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.

Nate Parker's Past Won't Be Why I Boycott The Birth Of A Nation

Lauren Bialystok | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Living
Lauren Bialystok

Survivors of sexual violence may not be able to watch Parker's work for similar reasons, and that's fine. But don't sit it out on principle. In the year of Black Lives Matter, #HollywoodSoWhite and a certain presidential candidate, Parker's questionable past doesn't disqualify him from advancing urgent conversations about race and American history.

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.

How I Discovered My Strength In The Throes Of Mental Illness

Alicia Raimundo | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Living
Alicia Raimundo

The thing is, I have always been sad and worried. It's stuck on me like gray toned glitter -- it clouds everything I do and no matter what I do it's never fully gone. When I realized I was different from other kids, I didn't know what to do. I was always sad and worried. Worried that people would notice me for being different and make fun of me. Sad because even when I tried to fit it -- I always felt like I couldn't do it right.

Why I Talk About My Depression (And You Should Too)

Andrew Jensen | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Living
Andrew Jensen

We all hurt, we all struggle, we all suffer, so why should someone with a mental illness be shamed into a silent closet because they are "weak" or need "toughen up". Is the pain of a broken limb more credible than the pain of a broken upbringing? I was raised believing that physical pain is real and emotional pain is temporary and shouldn't last longer than the time it takes to "shake it off" and "focus on the positive". This wasn't my parents fault, nor was it my friends fault, or my teachers fault, or anyone's fault. It was simply the way things were.

Collaborative Art Helps Support Indigenous Youth Mental Health

Cathy Elliott | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Living
Cathy Elliott

The toxic headlines, the comment sections, the conversations with "helpful" strangers; how does a young indigenous youth process and proceed? It's hard enough just being a "native teen." When you're locked down in "Indian" designation, you have to cope with the confusion, fear, anger and anguish that you are exposed to every day.

How Indigenous MPs Shaped The Assisted Dying Debate

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.03.2016 | Canada Politics

Indigenous MPs and senators played a central role in securing passage of the new law.

Vancouver Does Not Need More Barriers To Better Mental Health

David Fine | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada British Columbia
David Fine

The city is putting a million dollars towards a mental health hub. Councillor Jang called it "a big health investment for the city." This hub will help about 5,000 people in need per year. How many people die by jumping from Burrard Bridge every year? The answer is .08 people, but the suicide barriers will cost $3.5 million.

These Stories Will Change How You Think About Men's Mental Health

Alison Tedford | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Impact
Alison Tedford

When we think of Men's Health Week, we often think of prostate cancer or testicular cancer. As men account for three to four times the number of suicides of as women, one group is raising awareness of another important cause: men's mental health, depression and suicide.

Assisted Dying Bill Not Perfect, But Far Better Than Alternatives

Dianne Pothier | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Dianne Pothier

Bill C-14, the government's response to the Carter v. Canada Supreme Court ruling on medical assistance in dying, is generating a lot of criticism from diametrically opposed perspectives -- those who think it too permissive and those who think it is too restrictive.

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.

The Connection Between Suicide And Childhood Sexual Abuse

Adele Ryan McDowell | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Living
Adele Ryan McDowell

Childhood sexual abuse is a perpetual, ongoing horror which leads to many years, if not a lifetime, of sleepless nights, flashbacks, nightmares, body memories and triggers that can send a survivor into a well of despair, physical pain, and unrelenting panic and terror.

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."

A Distinctly Canadian Approach To Physician-Hastened Death

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 04.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Harvey Max Chochinov

One would hope that every patient whose angst expresses itself as a wish to die would have access to palliative care expertise, including a thorough and detailed evaluation of the physical, psychosocial, existential and spiritual drivers motivating their request for hastened death.