Weekly News Roundup May 15 – 22, 2017

Every day we scan news headlines and social media for items of interest to the field of suicide prevention. Here’s what we found last week: Featured: Netflix’s new release 13 Reasons Why, which follows the story of a girl who died by suicide after being bullied and sexually assualted, continues to be in the news this week. Mara […]

The workplace and suicide prevention

Our latest toolkit is a collection of facts, figures, and best preventative practices regarding suicide in the workplace. When a colleague dies by suicide the emotional and financial costs are enormous not only to family members, but to co-workers and the organization itself. Workplaces need to have measures in place to inform and educate about […]

Weekly News Roundup – May 8 – 14, 2017

Every day we scan news headlines and social media for items of interest to the field of suicide prevention. Here’s what we found last week: Schools in Alabama warn parents about Blue Whale ‘suicide game’ app – Computerworld May 10, 2017 The “blue whale challenge”, an online app which encourages self-harm, is placing vulnerable young people […]

Weekly News Roundup – May 1 – 7, 2017

Despite funding boost, advocates say Canada has a mental health crisis  – NowToronto May 5, 2017 Frank Van Nie, a member of the board of the Canadian Mental Health Association(CMHA), has organized the March for Mental Health for May 6, calling on all levels of government to increase funding and services for mental health care in Canada. He is frustrated […]

Why we ride

This article originally appeared on the CMHA Calgary Balance Blog.  The staff of Centre for Suicide Prevention participate as a team in Ride Don’t Hide because people who are suicidal do not want to die: they want the pain of living to end. But for people to feel comfortable seeking help for their mental health […]

Mental Health Week 2017

It’s CMHA Mental Health Week 2017, and this year we’ll be focusing on busting some myths around suicide. Myths are dangerous because they create stigma and can spread dangerous misinformation about any topic, but especially suicide. Our mission for #MHWeek17 is to educate people about the facts so we can demystify this sometimes difficult to […]

13 Reasons Why Novel Study

13 Reasons Why is a novel based on the story of a teen girl who dies by suicide after being bullied at school. The novel was released by Penguin Random-House Canada 10 years ago, and re-released this past January. It has now been made into a popular Netflix series. The Centre for Suicide Prevention has […]

Weekly News Roundup April 18 – 24, 2017

Every day we scan news headlines and social media for items of interest to the field of suicide prevention. Here’s what we found last week: Featured: ’13 Reasons Why’ sparks concerns among mental health advocates: ‘Suicide is not glamorous’ – Global Apr. 20, 2017 The release of the Netflix series ’13 Reasons Why’ follows the story of […]

Statement re: Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why series

This is a statement regarding the recent Netflix release, 13 Reasons Why, which follows the story of a young girl who dies by suicide. The Centre for Suicide Prevention (CSP) is concerned that the Netflix adaptation of Jay Asher’s 13 Reasons Why novel does not follow the Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention and the American […]

Weekly News Roundup April 10 – 17, 2017

Every day we scan news headlines and social media for items of interest to the field of suicide prevention. Here’s what we found last week: Featured: Alberta suicide rate dropped dramatically in 2016 – CBC Apr. 10, 2017 CSP’s Librarian & Writer Robert Olson was interviewed for this piece in response to the release of new […]