Tag: suicide

Grieving mother launches drive to reform emergency psychiatric units.

By late November, Ottawa wedding photographer Ryan Parent was in crisis. He was struggling under the weight of depression and anxiety, a burden made worse by his fear of returning to hospital. Parent, 37, had gone to The Ottawa Hospital in June because a friend was alarmed by his manic behaviour and by his online […]

What Not To Say To Those Struggling With Mental Illness.

For those who are grieving, the holidays are hardly “the most wonderful time of the year.” Not only are they navigating their pain, they’re doing it during a time that’s supposed to be joyous. Loved ones often try to alleviate some of the grief a person may be feeling by offering helpful phrases or advice, but what […]

Ph.D. students face significant mental health challenges.

Approximately one-third of Ph.D. students are at risk of having or developing a common psychiatric disorder like depression, a recent study reports. Although these results come from a small sample—3659 students at universities in Flanders, Belgium, 90% of whom were studying the sciences and social sciences—they are nonetheless an important addition to the growing literature […]

Where To Get Help.

The holidays can be a tough time for many individuals struggling with various forms of mental illness. If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate help. The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Depression Hurts and Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868  all offer ways for […]

Step Forward.

I came across this story today while on my normal internet grind. The story of 13-year old Daniel Fitzpatrick , a young boy who took his own life because of being bullied. This story makes me sick, another young child helpless to the people who are supposed to be there to support him and protect […]

Just Sad or Depression?

In the United States, close to 10 percent of the population struggles with depression, in Canada the statistics point out to roughly 1 in 5 Canadians battling mental illness. These stats likely fail to include more people largely due to the fact it can take a long time for someone to even understand that they are […]

#NotAlone

This paragraph from the article below is such a common theme with many young people that have opened up to loved ones: “I remember sitting at the kitchen table speaking with my parents about how I felt really depressed. I was in my early twenties and they clearly just didn’t understand. I know that it’s […]

230,000 Ontario adults considered suicide in 2013

“First Centre for Mental Health and Addictions survey to ask specifically about suicide reveals sharp increase in people reporting poor mental health, particularly younger adults” Link down below. Thoughts? – M ————————————————————————————————– A new study from Canada’s largest mental health and addiction research centre suggests more than 230,000 Ontario adults “seriously contemplated suicide” in 2013. […]

Genie you're free

Came across this while reading an article about the last days of Robin Williams life. Such a scary and sad reality, but it’s important for people to realize that depression really is a silent scourge and it’s hard for others to pick up on the signs. Still the world shines a little less bright with the […]