Demystifying Suicide
Mental Health
Even in an Internet universe with no secrets, suicide is still a touchy subject. Within the intervention community, we’ve learned that it’s important to talk about it with humility, conscious of our own strengths and weaknesses as prevention counselor. We …
The Ripple Effect
Mental Health
Suicide isn’t a narrow issue that affects only the vulnerable and the damaged. A self-inflicted  death has many victims. It is a tear in the fabric of society. It is a sign that we, collectively, have in some way failed our fellows. More practically, …
On Isolation
Mental Health
I awake in a sweat, dazed and disoriented. I turn my pillow over to the dry, cold side underneath, and think: a few seconds ago, I was walking along Sherbrooke Street on a sunny summer’s day, rummaging through second-hand bookstores. …
Symptoms of Depression
Mental Health
Physical Sleep cycle disrupted (insomnia, constant sleeping) Change in appetite (bulimia, overeating, undereating) Change in energy level (extreme fatigue, hyperactivity) Psychological Inability to find pleasure in anything Loss of interest in anything and everything Sadness Irritability, anger, rage Loss of …
Mourning and Loss as Triggers
Family
Any difficult loss we experience in life comes at an emotional cost. Feelings build up. You have to take the time to let those feelings out into the open. The human mechanism includes safety valves: venting is in our nature. …