Canada Suicide

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.

We Must End The Cycle Of Trauma In Indigenous Communities

Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux

Children globally have remained the most vulnerable population and even though we have learned trauma will continue to happen, and happen again in various forms when it is not acknowledged or treated, we keep exposing kids to physical, mental, emotional and sexual violence.

It's Time Canada Finally Put First Nations First

Lianne Castelino | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Living
Lianne Castelino

If we can be moved to action watching footage of children living in poverty in third-world countries, we should be equally driven to effect change when we see the inhumane conditions that exist for our First Nations communities across the country.

The Youth Of Attawapiskat Have Solutions To Fighting Suicide Crisis

Silken Laumann | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Living
Silken Laumann

The biggest complaint I hear from teenagers is that we don't take them seriously. The teens of Attawapiskat have made a list of what they have in their community, their community and social assets if you will. Things like a gym, a Healing Lodge, and a school. They have also made another list: 'What we need.' Notice the list was not titled what we want. Need. These children need a Fitness Centre; it was the first thing on their list. The second was a Track and Field facility. More Sports, a Youth Camp and a clean Swimming Pool. We need to listen now, and give them what they need before it's too late.

The Moving Pieces Behind The Case For Doctor-Assisted Death

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Harvey Max Chochinov

If physician-hastened death is part of the continuum of medicine, then we must treat it as such. Like any other new treatment or clinical innovation, it demands careful evaluation and methodological rigor, including fixed eligibility criteria, detailed data collection, objective monitoring of outcomes and tracking of adverse effects; the ability to analyze cumulative data, with incremental ramping up entirely based on preceding trial outcomes. We would insist on no less stringency for anything else.

My Years Without Rehtaeh Taught Me That Kids Need To Know Consent

Glen Canning | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Glen Canning

In the past three years I've learned that the most powerful tool to combat violence against women could very well be the minds of young men. I've learned that if we don't fill those minds with examples of virtue, empathy, affection, tolerance, trust, kindness, courage, and bravery, then those minds will end up being filled with ignorance, racism, sexism, hate, and anger. What would have happened to Rehtaeh Parsons if just one of the boys with her that night was informed about consent and his role in preventing sexual violence?

Advanced Directives For Assisted-Dying Is A Dangerous Step

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Harvey Max Chochinov

In any assisted-dying regime, a competent patient is free to change their mind or express their ambivalence by withdrawing a request or postponing an assisted death. To permit an assisted death to proceed on the basis of an advance directive effectively denies this protection to persons who are no longer capable of making or expressing health-care decisions.

Canada's Health Facilities Cannot Handle Physician-Assisted Death

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Harvey Max Chochinov

With the advent of physician-hastened death, there has never been a more pressing moment in history demanding we get our approach to human suffering and palliative care right. Fewer than two per cent of patients will likely choose to have their lives ended; most will want to live out the length of their days in care and comfort. That should not be asking too much. One thing is for certain: the dying are too ill to speak, and the dead will never complain.

The Solution To Mental Health Reform Is Easy, Getting There Isn't

Marvin Ross | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada
Marvin Ross

When governments don't want to do something but want to give the appearance of doing something, they set up a task force or committee to investigate and bring back a report. It looks good to some but does nothing and that is what so many jurisdictions do. Maybe it is because I live in Ontario, but this province is the master when it comes to this.

The Risky Concept Of Mental Illness Assisted Suicide

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Harvey Max Chochinov

The Parliament's Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Death, nevertheless, urged the federal government not to exclude individuals with psychiatric conditions from being considered eligible. Their reasoning comes down to this: Mental suffering is no less profound than physical suffering, so denying individuals with mental illness access to physician hastened death would be discriminatory and a violation of their Charter rights. It's an excellent point, and one worth seriously discussing.

Suicide Among Physicians Is A Public Health Crisis

Amitha Kalaichandran | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada Living
Amitha Kalaichandran

Researchers estimate we lose more than 400 doctors per year in the U.S. to suicide (an entire med school) and 150 med students yearly. We're a highly regulated profession. Doctors are tracked endlessly and publicly shamed if we veer off course in any way, and if we die by suicide, suddenly it's like we never existed.

Reserve Facing Suicide Crisis Is 'Not Alone': Liberal Ministers

CP | Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.10.2016 | Canada Politics

About 100 children are on a suicide watch list.

Vancouver Needs Mental Health Funding, Not Suicide Fences

David Fine | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada British Columbia
David Fine

The city starts its $35-million makeover of Burrard Bridge this month, so expect traffic chaos. Mostly, though, I feel hoodwinked by the consultation process, which changed nothing except for adding a major element which was not spoken of at all. The city decided, after the consultation, to include suicide prevention barriers after one single health officer spoke to the city to insist they should be done.

Overcoming My Eating Disorder Was The Beginning Of A New Life

TamilCulture | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada Living
TamilCulture

The one thing I realize now is being beautiful isn't about being skinny or size zero. It's loving every inch and curve of your body and embracing everything about you. If you don't love yourself, the number means nothing. Telling the world my story was the final stage.

Why Canada's New Mental Health Programs Are Irrelevant

Marvin Ross | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Living
Marvin Ross

Michael Wilson, the chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, has called for funding for a program of citizen gatekeepers all over Canada who can spot likely suicides and prevent them. It appears that the MHCC loves to set up programs that make people feel better but that have never been demonstrated to be effective. And sadly, this new one could be just as much of a waste of time and money. Here's why.

I Have Mourned 14 Deaths By Suicide, Isn't That Enough?

Alicia Raimundo | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Living
Alicia Raimundo

I have been to 14 funerals since turning 17 years old. Fourteen people who were friends, co-workers, crushes, debate partners, school mates and amazing members of the world's community. Fourteen people whose families and friends I sat next to at funeral services, whom I heard whisper "If I would have known," "How could I miss the signs?" and the awful "How could they do this to us?"

Joshua Ostroff

Child Suicide Is A Crisis In Canada. Here's How We Can Prevent It

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada Parents

"We have 10-year-old kids taking their lives. Something is terribly wrong."

Shattered Hearts: Explaining Suicide To Children

Adele Ryan McDowell | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Adele Ryan McDowell

Children of suicide are trying to understand a loss that brings grown-ups to their knees. It's a very challenging path to walk, both for the children and their remaining parent or caregivers. And not only are the children trying to understand the suicidal death of their parent, there is the additional stress, possible abandonment and rejection due to social stigma, shame and taboo around 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 02.16.2016 | 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.