CFN – Suicide. This week two of my local competing media are whaling about the suicide of Cornwallite Christopher Clarke in a Montreal prison. Condolences to the family and the issue is being investigated, but it’s odd and seems quite hypocritical for the Seaway News and Standard Freeholder to write about and highlight this higher profile suicide that didn’t occur in Cornwall. Names are never mentioned nor the term even written in local suicide incidences.
Cornwall for those that don’t know like many communities has a rising suicide rate. Many people would not know that because it’s frowned upon to write about it or talk about it.
From our railroad tracks to the bridge to the other mainstream ways people who have grown despondent take their lives is on the rise.
We have tried several times to get accurate information and statistics only to be ignored or blocked by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, Mental Health services and yes, even at times by the police.
That’s not meant to be a direct or even indirect attack; but surely if there is a problem and we all turn away or stick our heads in the sand it won’t be resolved?
Is it the pack mentality where we just silently let those that can’t keep up slip away or the utter blackness of knowing that most of the issues that lead to that horrible choice that creates so many innocent victims simply can’t be addressed by the system for lack of resources?
In the meanwhile some media make big headlines out a case simply because it didn’t occur in “our backyard.” Shame on them for exploiting a tragic event without really focusing on the issue.
Has your life been touched by suicide? You can post your comments below.