How many people are affected by one suicide?

For decades researchers asserted that six people are greatly affected by each suicide death. This statistic can be traced back to the pioneering suicidologist Edwin Shneidman. In the early 1970s, he based this figure on the average size of an immediate family. The figure was never scientifically tested but has persisted as the go-to number […]

Weekly News Roundup Feb 18 – 24, 2019

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: Researchers to shed light on high Prairie suicide rates – Winnipeg Free PressFebruary 23, 2019A team of researchers from Brandon University and the University of Manitoba are studying suicide in the […]

Weekly News Roundup Feb 11 – 18, 2019

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: Facebook’s suicide prevention tool sparks concern – GlobalFebruary 11, 2019Facebook’s suicide prevention algorithm reads user’s posts and flags them for content that may indicate suicidality, at which point people read the […]

Canada Needs a National Suicide Prevention Plan

This is a response to MP Ron Liepert’s speech in the House of Commons on Monday, February 4, 2019. Mara Grunau and Robert Olson, Centre for Suicide Prevention Our deepest condolences to MP Ron Liepert for the loss of his daughter Kylee, by suicide. There is no grief like suicide grief. MP Liepert, thank you for courageously sharing the story […]

Weekly News Roundup Feb 4 – 10, 2019

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: Corbella: Liepert’s House speech on his daughter’s suicide an emotional punch – Calgary HeraldFebruary 5, 2019Calgary Signal Hill MP Ron Liepert delivered a moving House of Commons speech last week to […]

Weekly News Roundup Jan 28 – Feb 3, 2019

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: ‘I couldn’t believe it’: University of Alberta evicted student after attempt to kill himself – CBCJanuary 29, 2019In 2016, a University of Alberta student who struggled with suicidality was evicted from […]

Weekly News Roundup Jan 21 – 27, 2019

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: Wise Practices for Life Promotion – Centre for Suicide PreventionJanuary 28, 2019In this blog post, we feature Wise Practices: Indigenous Leadership for Living Life Well, a community-led project that highlights suicide prevention […]

Wise Practices for Life Promotion

Wise Practices: Indigenous Leadership for Living Life Well, is a community-led project that highlights suicide prevention initiatives thriving in communities across Canada. Developed by Jennifer White and Ed Connors, Wise Practices strives to connect communities and build resiliency in an effort to prevent suicide in First Nations communities. The project evolved from efforts of co-lead […]

Weekly News Roundup Jan 14 – 20, 2019

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: New resource toolkit: Transgender people and suicide – Centre for Suicide PreventionJanuary 21, 2019Transgender people have significantly higher instances of mental illness than the general population. They are also at a […]

Blue Monday 2019

The third Monday in January has been called “Blue Monday,” apparently due to the heightened rates of depression and suicide around this time of year. However, this is a myth. People who experience depression do so throughout the year, not just in January. Blue Monday does offer an opportunity to check in with people around […]