Current Problems: Suicide Prevention

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May 6, 2024

This mom took her 14-year-old daughter off life support. She says her suicide was preventable

WARNING: This story contains disturbing content and details of suicide CBC News: Darcel Lidd didn’t want to die. Her mother says she is certain of that. What she wanted, says Miriam Lidd, was help. The scars on her arms — too numerous to count and in various stages of healing — spoke for themselves. On April...

September 13, 2021

Walking with our Angels

CBC – The rejection of Vermette’s proposal led Tristen Durocher to walk 635 kilometers to Regina from Air Ronge in early July to raise awareness about suicide in the province. Once in Regina, he set up a teepee in front of the provincial legislature and started a ceremonial fast. His protest, which he called Walking...

June 19, 2021

Rejection of Saskatchewan Strategy for Suicide Protection Act

Bill No. 618 — The Saskatchewan Strategy for Suicide Prevention Act introduced for the second time by NDP MLA Doyle Vermette was defeated by the ruling conservative Saskatchewan Party members who voted unanimously against the measure. “One of the key elements of Doyle’s bill was consultation with First Nations and Métis leadership, with community leadership,...

January 28, 2021

Resilience in Life

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. – released the “2015-2017 Annual Report on the State of Inuit Culture and Society entitled Resilience in Life”, which focuses on pathways to reducing suicide in Nunavut. “Some of our youth grow up believing that suicide is part of our culture. It is not. It is a symptom of colonization and on-going...

May 20, 2020

Flaws in “Pillars for Life”

Regina Leader-Post – Given the fact that Saskatchewan has the highest rate of death by suicide of any province in the country, and that the suicide rate is increasing, the document is a travesty. Having read and assessed more than 100 suicide prevention strategies from around the world, I take no pleasure in saying that...

May 13, 2020

Flaws in “Pillars for Life”

The Star Phoenix – Jack Hicks, who helped draft suicide prevention plans for Nunavut and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, said the provincial government’s “Pillars for Life” strategy doesn’t have a clear path to implementation and sets goals that are “so vague as to be meaningless.” Nor does it address the underlying reasons for...

May 7, 2020

Stop Giving Me a Number and Start Giving Me a Person

Manitoba Child and Youth Advocate: In Manitoba, suicide is the leading manner of death for young people ages 10-17. On national Youth Mental Health Day the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth released “Stop Giving Me a Number and Start Giving Me a Person: How 22 Girls Illuminate the Cracks in the Manitoba Youth Mental...

September 17, 2019

National Paper on Youth Suicide

The Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates (CCCYA) published “A National Paper on Youth Suicide” that calls on governments at the national, provincial and territorial levels to take concrete action to prevent youth suicide in Canada. Failure to address the multi-faceted issues impacting indigenous communities has led to a suicide epidemic. The paper consolidates...

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