HALIFAX - Police Chief
Jean-Michel Blais says his officers are seeing a disturbing rise
in suicide calls, and is suggesting the city's suicide rate be
released to help start a conversation around the issue.
How should we talk about suicide?
Publication ban lifted
CALGARY - The death of Hanne Schafer was by any definition a
You can kill yourself
MONTREAL - A Quebec coroner is recommending action by
government, parents and teachers after a 15-year-old boy died
from inhaling keyboard cleaner.
Dust-Off is advertised as a safe and effective cleaner
but is not intended for internal consumption.
It is, however, one of an estimated 1,400 products that
can be sniffed.
MONTREAL - After a difficult year that included a high-profile
divorce and a custody battle that forced him to quit politics,
tragedy has once again struck Quebec media magnate Pierre Karl
Peladeau. His new
girlfriend, Marie-Christine Couture, was found dead Wednesday in
her Montreal home. Police believe it was a suicide.
Woman found dead
Pierre Karl Peladeau
BRUSSELS - Belgium's railways are suing the families of suicide
victims to recover the cost of repairing damaged trains.
SNCB has already clawed back 621,000 euros in the last 3
years by invoicing bereaved relatives for both damage to rolling
stock and train delays.
(Daily Mail) RELATED:
India's housewives are killing themselves
Prosecutors say a fire at a hospital in western Germany in which
2 people died was caused by a patient pouring disinfectant over
herself and setting it alight in an attempt to kill herself.
Suicide rate jump
EDMONTON - From Jan to June 2014, there were 252 suicides in
Alberta. During the
same period this year, there were 327.
In an average year, there are 500, according to the
Centre for Suicide Prevention.
OTTAWA - Alleged serial predator Yousef Hussein, 26, hanged
himself at the
Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre. (CBC)
Inmate commits suicide
VANCOUVER - The probation officer responsible for a troubled
Chilliwack, BC teen didn't warn his caregivers that the teen was
at risk of suicide before he hanged himself - one of a series of
mistakes and errors that may have cost the young man his life,
claims a lawsuit from the teen's parents.
Insurance companies reconsider
Canadian insurance companies are changing the wording in their
policies and reviewing whether to remove controversial clauses
in group and individual benefit plans that exclude coverage for
people who try to kill or injure themselves.
Scrap 15 minute suicide checks
reported 96 patients have died by their own hand in half of
Ontario's hospitals since 2007. An additional 760 patients were
seriously injured attempting to kill themselves during that same
time frame. (Toronto
BRAMPTON - Members of a Brampton, ON, family have launched a
$12.5M lawsuit after a 20-year-old man was found dead in the
bathroom of the hospital where he was supposed to be on suicide
Call for review
- Chief Coroner
Cathy Menard says Milan Cerny, 62, was admitted to the Inuvik
Hospital in June 2014 for depression and suicide ideation. He
had a history of depression and alcohol abuse. It was determined
that home care would be a suitable option.
Death linked to workplace bullying
A PEI widow has been awarded benefits after her husband's death
was linked to workplace bullying and harassment.
Family court linked to suicide
Online suicide game
Blue Whale Challenge presents itself online as a series of
50 tasks - each increasingly macabre - over the course of a
couple of weeks.
(NY Daily News)
More than 100 suicides
Death of a journalist
TORONTO - Toronto Star environmental correspondent Raveena
Aulakh was reported to have taken her own life on 28 May.
(Guardian UK) COMMENT:
When a private tragedy becomes a public spectacle
Show us the suicide note
New managing editor
CALGARY - Police were called at approximately 11:30pm Sunday
night about a violent home invasion along
Beddington Drive NE.
As officers went to arrest the man, it became apparent he
had taken his own life.
Police look to ID suspect
Suspect took his own life
2 in hospital
- Donna DeLorme, a Calgary woman who struggled for nearly two
decades with multiple sclerosis and advocated passionately for
the right to doctor-assisted suicide, took her own life.
BRAMPTON - Prashant Tiwari fashioned a noose out of a hospital
gown, tied it to a ceiling vent and hanged himself in a
psychiatric ward when his nurses left him alone for hours to
attend a 'potluck lunch,' according to a statement of claim.
Lifting the curtain
Hospitals in Canada are under no obligation to publicly report
the results of investigations when someone takes his or her life
while under suicide watch.
Suicide rates climb
Research points to the climbing suicide
rate among elderly men; right now across Canada, 33 out of every 100,000
seniors, especially after the age of 85, kill themselves. (CBC)
Suicide Prevention Day
Every 40 seconds
Baby boomers killing themselves
WASHINGTON - The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC)
show a dramatic spike in suicides among middle-aged people, with the
highest increases among men in their 50s, whose rate went up by nearly
50% to 30 per 100,000; and women in their early 60s, whose rate rose by
nearly 60%. (Washington Post) REPORT:
US adult suicides 1999-2010
Cheque from federal government
HAMILTON - The mother of a Hamilton soldier who
committed suicide over 2 years ago is incensed that the federal government sent
her dead son a cheque for one cent just a few days ago.
'Insensitive bureaucratic screw-up'
need for Senicide
LONDON - Official figures revealed
so-called "excess winter deaths" rose 29% in 2012-2013 to their highest
level for 4 years. More than 80% of the 31,000 who died were pensioners
aged over 75, who suffered from influenza as temperatures in March fell
to levels not seen since 1962. (Telegraph UK) MORE:
Williams, the versatile actor
whose madcap comic style made him one of television and film's
biggest stars, was found dead, an apparent suicide, at his home
in Northern California. He was 63.
Lines we will remember
Suicide by hanging
Williams made a choice
Recommendations to prevent suicides
VANCOUVER - A coroners' jury
examining the suicides of 3 inmates within 7 months at a BC
prison has recommended an increase in the number of guards and
unscheduled cell checks on the night shift.
12 Canadians were among the hundreds
of 'suicide tourists' that travelled to Switzerland to end their
lives with the assistance of a doctor.
Woman take her right-to-die