A Brief Over View of Teen Suicide by E. V. Hutcheon January 16, 2014

suicideCornwall Ontario – Writing about suicide is never a happy topic, nor is it easy. It’s hard to get the words you mean to say across, without them sounding either offensive or just down right insensitive. The only thing worse then writing about suicide, is writing about teenagers committing suicide. When you think of a teenager you think, bright future ahead with the world at their finger tips; when suicide comes to town your hopes and dreams for that child get shattered into a million tiny shards of dust.

 

Did you know? That in Canada, the percentage of people who have committed suicide per year is averaged at nearly 2%. A good chunk of that is directly to do with teenagers taking their own lives. Although common in adults and rare in children under the age of ten, over 200 students take their lives per year.

Lukas Taylor explains,

 

“Everybody knows it’s a horrible thing when it happens, but it can happen to anyone. Depending if it’s abuse, problems at home, bullying, any subjects that have already been talked on. In my opinion, I vote against it but most people see it as the only solution out, so my solution is if we all band together. If you need somebody to go talk to then just go talk to them, don’t be afraid it could help. That’s where I stand on it.”

 

Something to keep in mind of though is that often a teen will not go and talk to someone because they feel they have no one to go to. If the teenager feels alone and begins to act as if they are alone, eventually the teen will often lash out towards loved ones and peers or even inwardly on themselves. Whenever this happens, it is a clear sign for help. In cases such as these, if you see someone you know or care about doing anything you feel is a little strange, don’t hesitate to reach out to them.

Cass Wallace a first year nursing student explains,

 

“A lot of younger people do it because they believe that there is no alternative.”

 

It would be nice to think that suicide is like giants, a myth but this is not the case. It is a very common mental health issue in Canada. When a person is faced with the possibility of suicide they are almost constantly going through intolerable amounts of pain. Due to the pain, often their eyes become clouded and rational judgment to them is at a desperate measure.

Lukas Taylor confesses,

 

“I had a ex girl friend who had problems with depression and also some personal stuff that happened at her house… this happened long before me and her were together but she told me all about it and she talked to someone and she managed to get better and eventually pull out of it. Now she’s majoring in journalism Québec, but it was pretty scary for awhile when it was going on.”

 

For Canada suicide is the second highest death rate in the country. Thousands of teens try to kill them selves regularly not all succeed thankfully, but that still does not make it okay. Growing up can be hard on a person and sometimes if you’re not always strong enough, you can let teenage angst and drama get the better of you.

Cass expressed his views by saying,

 

“I don’t think it’s the right solution and I loose some respect for people who have done it, depending on the situation.”

 

What Cass should keep in mind however, is that not all depressed and suicidal teenagers actually want to die, they are simply trying to reach out. Many reasons for someone finally pulling the plug, is that they get fed up with trying to explain to the rest of the world, what really goes on it those pretty little heads of theirs. That being said, if you see or know of someone showing any signs of taking heir own life regardless of how serious it actually may prove to be, take it seriously. You have too because the one time you don’t, could be the one time you loose that person forever. Lukas finishes by saying,

 

“Everybody knows that the future is unpredictable. In my opinion the rate of suicide could definitely increase but that’s why everybody needs to band together. They need to find a solution before it comes to the excuse, then maybe we will be able to vanquish it.”

 

When facing this topic especially if it is concerning to someone close to you, speak calmly about the subject. Talking calmly about anything can only help to increase the positive in an otherwise negative situation. Listen to the one who is crying out for help, no matter who that person may be (even if you may despise that person). Don’t pass judgments or let the topic make you uncomfortable because if you are at least acting it will really help to show the person in need they are not alone and also that some one is taking the time to be there and help them. One more a key thing to remember, it is never a split second decision. Suicide in everyone’s case not just a teenager is a slow process. It is a slow forming plan that always has many different weighing factors in the decision.

Just make sure that when you see the signs, you act upon them before it is too late to stop a terrible occurrence from happening.

http://www.canadiancrc.com/Youth_Suicide_in_Canada.aspx

Editors Note:  None of the area agencies in Cornwall are willing to go on record and talk about suicide in the many attempts we have made over the years. Suicide should not be a dirty secret if we as a society are to do as much as possible to prevent it.

E.V. Hutcheon is a 2nd year St. Lawrence College Journalism Student.  She has professionally edited a Polish history book and is hoping to see her dream and passion of writing into a career. Previously living Toronto, E.V. is now a proud Cornwall citizen. On her off time you can usually find her at home writing her latest book, or walking along the St Lawrence River. 

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The number one killer in our military today is not from the effects from battle injuries but from suicide due to the effects of PTSD. As our young vets return home from wars and are not treated for their hidden wounds for fear of release or other repercussions coming forward about their invisible wounds, the suicide rate in Canada will remain to be quite high. Such a shame when so much can be done to prevent more suicides with our falling heroes. Any story about suicide in Canada should at least mention or include the high amount of deaths in… Read more »
mary bray
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Always such a sad time when a permanent solution is reached for a temporary problem

Furtz
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@ Max. Not to make light of the tragic suicides of returning soldiers, but one has to question the mental state of anyone who would voluntarily travel half way around the world to invade a foreign country that represents no threat to Canada. Just about every volunteer soldier will tell you that he/she looks forward to engaging in battle. Once they get their wish, they find out it isn’t a movie or video game, and end up a little more screwed up than they were when they were just dreaming about the adventure. Sad but true.

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Furtz Every serviceman may be a volunteer to defend our country but it is the government that puts them there and should be accountable to fix them when they come back broken. You obviously never served because signing the bottom line does not give you any right to say, “Hey ! I think I will pass on this war thing”. These men and women who serve deserve better and do not glorify war but do what they were trained to do Young people18 and 19 buried up to their arses in dead bodies and afraid to get blown up or… Read more »
Furtz
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@ Max. Everyone who voluntarily enlists has to checks their mind at the door. From that point on, they agree to follow orders no matter how crazy those orders are. You’d have to be half nuts to agree to those conditions. No?

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To the author.
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I did NOT know that almost 2% of the population was committing suicide each year. At that rate the odds of myself not having been to a suicide funeral since my teens are infinite and incalculable. My gratitude for my improbable luck is boundless.

My only conclusion can be that the population of Canada is dwindling and with the current birth rate only vast immigration can keep the population of Canada becoming nil in about 79 years. Wow!

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Furtz A Great Big NO!!! Remember if it were not for these Crazies you would not have the rights and freedoms to share your opinion. Whenever a crisis happens anywhere in the world it is the military we turn to for aid. We are more than war machines. We are people with families and dreams and a desire to help others in trouble.Obeying orders even difficult ones is a disipline that makes our troops stronger and united. The military is a proud unselfish family doing a job that very few today can handle. Please do not put down our soldiers… Read more »
Furtz
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@ Max. A great big yes!!! When you voluntarily join the military, you agree to follow orders no mater how crazy or sane those orders may be. Thinking and making your own decisions are not permitted. That’s a pretty basic requirement for the job.

Michael Clifton
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So many recruits are drawn from backwater communities where other opportunities are lacking and, I’m only speculating, but possibly, a more romantic notion of enlisting still exists.
I wish to stress that I have great respect for our military and its history, especially the Canadian Army in the 2 WW’s.
It seems to me that the military is a calling that requires more than simple courage, but also an almost super human level of emotional adaptability in order to survive.

Roger
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Part of the job of being a soldier is being trained to “kill” the enemy. When they’ve done their job, we don’t do anything to UNDO that training when they come home. A friend of mine served in Desert Storm, and again in Rwanda. One of his battalion’s jobs was to clean out a church where civilians, mostly women and children had sought shelter, and were later “butchered” (cut to pieces) by rebel soldiers. Try picking up the pieces of a baby off the floor of a church, with a shovel, and throwing it in a plastic bag, and not… Read more »
Peter Jenkin
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Some really thoughtful comments..Your all to be congratulated..seriously..no petty stuff This is a terrible problem but as Comedian Norm MacDonald told Jamie..he could get a new Liver quicker than a mental health refferal. Many of the homeless on the street are there because the Feds decided to close up all the mental health hospitals in Canada and USA Mr Furtz often agree with you…but it seems a very thin line..that i don’t understand// between “following orders” the claim made at Nuremburg by the Germans…and the brave young Canadians(my dad included) who travelled half way round the world..to stamp out evil…I… Read more »
Michael Clifton
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@Peter Jenkin
Your usual thoughtful contribution . Thank you.
Let’s also keep in mind that a considerable amount of legal autonomy has been given to the mentally ill themselves in recent years due to the tireless efforts of certain advocacy groups.This has altered the ability of the mental health community to impose treatment on the mentally. ill when they are unwilling to submit.
This “situation” is just one of the many dynamic forces at play that suggest there is no perfect fix for this issue.

Furtz
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True Michael. A person pretty much has to be convicted of a serious crime, or demonstrate that they are a clear danger to themself or others, before they can get help.

Melman
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Michael and Furtz I would just like to present the other side of the mental health debate Went to my second appointment with a Psychiatrist from Ottawa His secretary told me he wasn’t available for my session Picking up the Ottawa Citizen that night…the headline story was Ottawa doctor arrested and held in jail for embezzling money from fellow doctors at Ottawa Hospital. Strike Dr One Doctor Two took a married patient on a tour of Europe..then charged OHIP for visits with her..to help pay for the trip..Needless to say her husband got the College of Physicians and Surgeons to… Read more »
Michael Clifton
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@Melman Thanks for your response. It’s not about enslaving the mentally ill to the will of one corrupt individual. Of course, it’s only right that patients under normal scenarios can flee the treatment of fraudsters of the type you’ve mentioned. I’m talking about other facets. For instance: The legal rights of the individual involve a number of issues that can be crucial when the scene turns ugly with violence. This includes, for instance, the attainment of proper legal representation for the mentally ill when they commit a seriuos crime and refuse to accept the advice of their loved ones (family… Read more »
Michael Clifton
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