Surviving

In the northern hemisphere, May is the month when most people die by suicide. Some of the most courageous people I know are those who have had a family member die by suicide. Forever changed, they go on with their lives and work, often not talking about the loss they suffer and grief that never…

Every Parents’ Questions

Last week, I spoke at the Central Asian Regional Congress of Medical Women’s International Association on the topic From Texting to Talking: 3 Proven Strategies for Connecting With Your Teen. After the talk and over the course of several days, participants approached me with their questions and concerns. Thailand is completely on the other side…

Two Practices That Combat Suicide

In the wake of the most recent celebrity suicides, I want to speak about two practices that we can learn that combat depression. I am convinced of the value of these practices not just from the fact that research (particularly Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Research) has confirmed their value, but because my patients have consistently told…

It’s Not Your Fault

I am thinking about families today, and especially the families of those who have attempted or completed suicide. Suicide is the most serious consequence of having a mental illness and a suicide attempt and suicidal thoughts are always reminders of how dangerous a mental illness can be. When someone dies of a suicide attempt, those…

How to Manage a Suicide Pact

Recently at a Montreal high school, 62 high school students made a suicide pact. As the story broke last week, the Montreal Gazette revealed that school officials had determined the three people who started the pact, who claimed that it was a prank. The article also quoted a school official as saying that “some of…

Just Ask

I consider myself to be a very fortunate doctor because I do not often have to deal with the death of my patients. My patients usually recover from their illnesses and, because they are young, I am often able to see them live out the promise of their lives. The deaths in my practice, however,…