By Elizabeth Narins
On the heels of the news that the 2014 Ice Bucket Challenge was actually effective at raising awareness and research money for the neurodegenerative disease known as ALS, a new challenge is popping up on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube: It’s the #22PushupChallenge, and celebs are already jumping on it. Continue reading
The parents of a 17-year-old girl from Bedford, N.S., who ended her own life are calling for more mental health education in schools.
Alexis Fletcher died just over six months ago. Her mother, a nurse at the IWK, says they tried everything they could to help her.
“I don’t think she really understood what was happening,” says Alexis’ mother, Beverly Fletcher. Continue reading
Senate rejects amendment that would have sent bill to Supreme Court for review
The Liberal government’s much debated and often criticized assisted dying bill is now law.
The bill received royal assent Friday afternoon after passing a final vote in the Senate earlier in the day. The bill was voted through after a final bid by senators failed to expand the scope of who qualifies for a doctor-assisted death.
Senator Peter Harder, the government’s representative in the Senate, put forward the motion that the Senate should approve the amended bill and “accept the message passed by the House of Commons.” Continue reading
Exposure to domestic violence, abuse cast a long shadow, study finds
MONDAY, June 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Adults who witnessed parental domestic violence in childhood are at increased risk for suicide attempts, a new study finds.
“When domestic violence is chronic in a home, there is a risk of long-term negative outcomes for the children, even when the children themselves are not abused,” said study lead author Esme Fuller-Thomson. She is a professor with the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Social Work. Continue reading
What should we do when our children start killing themselves?
What do we say? What do we do?
Parents, the public, friends, media and mental health professionals have to wrestle with that question after the cluster of suicides and suicide attempts by teenagers in Woodstock.
It was simple to answer the question only 10 years ago. Continue reading
By Deborah Gyapong, Canadian Catholic News
OTTAWA – The Senate has put itself on a collision course with the House of Commons after it voted to amend the government’s assisted-suicide bill to include people who may not be facing imminent death.
Senators approved an amendment to Bill C-14 on June 8 that removes the requirement that assisted suicide be limited to people whose death was “reasonably foreseeable.” Instead, the Senate amendment offers medically assisted death to people with “a grievous and irremediable medical condition” causing “enduring suffering,” language based on the Supreme Court’s Carter decision. Continue reading
The chief of one of Canada’s most impoverished indigenous communities says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is making concrete commitments to address some of the problems that have afflicted his people for generations.
Chief Bruce Shisheesh of Attawapiskat, who declared a state of emergency on his reserve in April during a spate of youth suicide attempts that has never really abated, said he was satisfied with the outcome of a late-afternoon meeting on Monday that he and elders had with Mr. Trudeau and two of his ministers. Continue reading
HALIFAX – It’s a quandary for health-care professionals that has caught the attention of experts across the country: should family members and loved ones be told about a patient’s struggle with mental-health issues?
Nova Scotia is reviewing the rules around the disclosure of information under its health privacy laws after a grieving mother appeared at the legislature last month.
Carolyn Fox of Halifax partially blamed the laws in Nova Scotia for her lack of knowledge about her 21-year-old daughter Cayley’s battle with depression. The young university student took her own life in January following three trips to the hospital emergency by ambulance last year — all but one without her mother’s knowledge. Continue reading
HALIFAX – A Halifax-area mother whose 21-year-old daughter took her own life earlier this year expressed her frustration in the provincial legislature Tuesday, saying the mental health system prevented the young woman from getting enough help in her struggle with depression.
Carolyn Fox said her experience with her daughter Cayley, who died Jan. 22, showed there aren’t enough treatment options and supports for young people in the health system.
She said her daughter, a varsity rugby player, was in her final year of a science degree at Saint Mary’s University when her life underwent a “drastic change.” Continue reading
Securing status as a charitable organization is expected to help Sarnia’s Deker Bauer Foundation for Suicide Prevention attract the donations it’s seeking to open a drop-in crisis centre.
Named for 17-year-old Deker Bauer who died by suicide in 2014, the foundation was created by his family and friends with the aim of establishing a crisis centre and reaching out to those with mental illness, as well as those impacted by suicide.
Just recently, the foundation became a charity registered with the Canada Revenue Agency.
“It makes a big difference, having charitable status,” said Teresa Ingles, Bauer’s mother and the foundation’s chief executive officer. Continue reading