By Kelly Graham, MSW, RSW
The loss of someone close to you is never easy. When this loss occurs by suicide, it can add another layer to the grieving process. Just today, 10 people in Canada will commit suicide, 200 will attempt to, and millions of people will have suicidal thoughts. While some people are more at risk for committing suicide, such as people who have experienced trauma, it does not discriminate and can affect anyone. For every person that dies, there are people they leave behind who have to deal with the after effects.
By Maria Forget, Social Work Student
I see that you’re struggling. I want to help you. I want you to know that the stress, anxiety, and sadness you are experiencing is not permanent. You are not alone. You do in fact, carry with you the power to overcome this. I know that it’s difficult to balance everything you have going on right now, but just know, you are doing an amazing job.
What lies within you is strength, resilience, and the ability to overcome any obstacle that is headed your way. You are strong, and capable. Whenever I meet you, I see an immense amount of potential. There is no doubt you are advancing towards personal growth. Be proud of yourself. You made it this far already. Congratulate yourself, celebrate your successes. You deserve it.
Suicide does not discriminate against age, sex, or gender, and is not contained by economic, social, or ethnic boundaries. This means that suicide can affect virtually anyone, at any given time.
Every death by suicide leaves countless family members and friends bereaved, and entire communities impacted.
So why do people do it?
Suicide is an incredibly complex subject, and there really is no exact answer. Many individuals considering suicide feel as though their pain will never end and that suicide is the only way to stop the suffering.
Did you know that September 10, 2017 was World Suicide Prevention Day and that September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month? This may be a topic you have heard about before, or maybe it is one you can connect with personally. Either way, it is one that must be addressed openly and honestly. Why? Because approximately 11 people will end their lives by suicide today alone in Canada.
If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out for help. Help us spread the message that help, hope, and healing are possible.
By Linda Kelly, MSW, RSW
You give up a lot of control when you become a parent.
Everything becomes a potential danger, from the edge of a coffee table to an unattended bath tub, to other kids who influence your child to think differently.
It's funny how you develop tunnel vision for them. How you can zero in on them in a room full of people, and not really see the other people anymore. Just them.
I haven't been a mom that long in the big picture, but I think that tunnel vision for them never really changes.
I imagine finding his smiling face among a sea of other graduates someday. Effortlessly hearing that sometimes-shy, sometimes obnoxious, sometimes know-it-all voice that seems to get deeper and wiser every time I see him.
And I imagine what it would feel like to desperately wonder for days at a time whether or not he's okay. No news, no word, no last-minute text to give me justification to be mad at him for being careless instead of terrified that I'll never see him smile again.
Today in Thunder Bay, a family had to say goodbye to their son in one of the worst ways imaginable.
Ask someone, anyone, to listen. It helps.
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