A Rescue Line

01/04/2022 Raymond Viger 0

Self-Expression Through the Arts The young person on the precipice of suicide is isolated, alone, focused on the self. Communicating with the outside world is difficult. At our community drop-in centre, we’ve created a milieu in which we can accommodate young people. They are given […] See more

The Rage of a Nice Guy

09/05/2021 Raymond Viger 0

I’ve already shared with you all about my learning disabilities, including my dyslexia. Given different comments I received on those essays, an internet reader sent me the following request: Talk about people who are too nice and who live through the hell of being too […] See more

Phases of the Mourning Process; Protest

06/04/2021 Raymond Viger 2

This phase can come about very quickly if the first phase (shock) is particularly long. The mourner searches for reasons why the death came about. When those answers don’t readily appear then anger, rage and resentment can ensue, not to mention shame and guilt. The […] See more

Phases of the Mourning Process; Shock

05/04/2021 Raymond Viger 2

At first the mourner is in shock. He/she will continue to live a normal life. The suicide won’t have made make much of a psychological impact, from all outward appearances. In reality, the mourner hasn’t accepted what has happened as a real fact. He/she can’t […] See more

Mourning a Suicide

04/04/2021 Raymond Viger 2

“A suicide kills two people, Maggie, that’s what it’s for.” – Arthur Miller, playwright,  After the Fall, 1964. (Act 1) A suicide has many victims. Those around the deceased in their final days will likely all be deeply affected, as will you, the suicide prevention […] See more

The Emergency Phase

02/04/2021 Raymond Viger 3

Direct Intervention Intervening to save the life of a suicidal youth means conveying a sense of hope: you must be warm and very, very human in your approach. A spirit of simplicity and humility on your part is absolutely necessary. Without humility in your heart, […] See more