Suicide

From huffingtonpost.ca

Suicide is not an easy conversation. Period. It is weighted with the feelings of real or perceived judgment and taboo.

Survivors search for answers and clues about the thoughts and feelings behind their loved one’s choice to irrevocably end it all. How could this be? Why did this happen? What caused this? What was the tipping point? Didn’t you love me and the kids enough to stay? What could I have done differently? Why aren’t you here?

You know it was their choice, but you still feel responsible — in a conflicted, connected way — and wonder if you could have done anything to change the outcome. Continue reading

From theglobeandmail.com

Eric Windeler is the founder and executive director of Jack.org.

The way Canada’s young people view mental health is changing. As employers, we need to prepare ourselves to follow the lead of the youngest members of our work force.

Five years ago, our son, Jack, was a student at Queen’s University. We didn’t know it then, but Jack was struggling with depression. In 2010, young people weren’t talking about mental health the way they are now. So Jack suffered in silence, and we lost him to suicide. Continue reading