Weekly News Roundup Feb 12-18, 2018

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: Yellowknife teen aims to connect youth with mental-health resources – CBC February 18, 2018 Devon Hodder, a Yellowknife high school student, started “Northern Minds,” a group that connects young people over […]

Weekly News Roundup Feb 5-11, 2018

Hello Friends, 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: More religious leaders challenge silence, isolation surrounding suicide – NPR February 11, 2018 Religious leaders have been ill-prepared and reluctant to speak about suicide with their congregants, but now […]

Weekly News Roundup Feb. 5 – 9, 2018

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: Miss Teenage Ontario puts focus on youth suicide – Brantford Expositor January 29, 2018 Aleria Mackay, 18, is the newly declared Miss Teenage Ontario for 2018. She is also the first Indigenous winner […]

Weekly News Roundup Jan 29 – Feb 4, 2018

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: Golden Gate Bridge reports spike in suicide deterrence – The Mercury News January 22, 2018 The Golden Gate Bridge patrol team has reported an increase in successful interventions in 2017 compared […]

How to #SeizeTheAwkward

How many of us avoid awkward silences by either talking incessantly or busying ourselves with something – anything- until the moment passes? Well the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is challenging us to embrace awkward silences instead of running from them in their new Public Service Announcement series:  #SeizeTheAwkward! The campaign features “signs to watch […]

How to ask for help if you are feeling suicidal

Asking for help can be extremely difficult, especially when it comes to matters of our mental health. This is because of the long-standing stigma held in our society about mental health and particularly, suicide. Mental health concerns have historically been neither acknowledged nor understood to be just as debilitating as physical illness. The good news […]

Weekly News Roundup Jan 22-28, 2018

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: ‘Some people just shouldn’t have handguns’: Mentally ill allowed to own, buy guns – CBC News Saskatoon January 21, 2018 Family members who have lost loved ones to suicide through the […]

Weekly News Roundup Jan 8-14, 2018

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: ‘We are dying’: Maskwacis community members overwhelmed by suicides – CBC January 14, 2018 The First Nations community of Maskwacis in Alberta (pop. 17,000) has had 14 suicide deaths since December […]

Suicide kills thousands of Canadians each year

Suicide is a major public health crisis. It may come as a surprise that suicide is one of the biggest preventable killers in Canada. Stay tuned for a Fact Sheet expanding on public health promotion and suicide prevention later this year! In the meantime, learn some ways public health policy can reduce suicide with our […]

Weekly News Roundup Jan 2-7, 2018

Hello Friends, 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: Inside Japan’s ‘suicide forest’ – CNN January 4, 2018 YouTube star Logan Paul posted a video last week showing the body of a person who died by suicide in […]