An editorial from the Tampa Bay Times
A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that young adolescents are now more likely to die from suicide than from a car crash. The revelation is a warning about the pervasive influence of social media in the lives of young people, whose smallest actions and decisions can be broadcast to an unforgiving and unlimited audience.
Suicide among young people remains rare, but the fact that it is on the rise is reason for alarm.
The province has accepted new recommendations from a report on sexual exploitation and youth suicide, while the advocate who wrote it claims the Alberta government has been too slow to act.
The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate of Alberta released findings Tuesday of its investigation into the death of 17-year-old Onessa, whose name was changed to protect her family’s identity.
The teenager died by suicide, five months after child intervention services ended involvement with her.
Supporting Minds: An Educator’s Guide to Promoting Students’ Mental Health and Well-being is designed to provide educators with information on the early signs of mental health and addiction problems, along with strategies that can be used in the classroom to support students (kindergarten to Grade 12).
The Duke, Duchess, and Prince Harry will all speak at the event, as well, before taking a ride on the London Eye with those who have shared their mental health first aid experiences. The London Eye will light up in purple later that day to show support of World Mental Health Day. Other buildings around the world will also be lit up in purple for the worldwide movement of ending the stigma around mental health. The ‘light up purple campaign’ was set up in memory of Canadian teenager, Amanda Todd. You can read more information about the campaign here.
William, Kate and Harry will speak at a Heads Together event on the Southbank next Monday.
This year’s theme for World Mental Health Day focuses on the importance of psychological and mental health first aid for all.
… Later in the day, the Eye will turn purple in support of World Mental Health Day.
The global Light Up Purple drive was set up in memory of Canadian teenager Amanda Todd, who killed herself in 2012.
The 15-year-old brought the problem of cyber bullying to mainstream attention after she posted a video on YouTube in which she told her story with handwritten signs.
Many of you know our family’s story by now. Our daughter Maddie tragically took her own life at the tender age of fourteen and forever changed the lives of our family and friends. Sadly, this is not a unique story. Maddie’s Mom, our boys and friends have made it a personal mission to tell our story, bring greater awareness to youth mental illness and help create better access for those families currently affected by this troubling disease.
With all this attention being paid to this illness, largely promoted through the likes of social media, are we fuelling the fire and putting the idea of suicide in our youths’ heads?
The House of Commons Standing committee on the Status of Women heard emotional testimony from the mothers of cyberbullying victims Amanda Todd and Rehtaeh Parsons Monday evening as it continues to study violence against young women and girls in Canada.
The two women recounted the personal toll of their daughters’ ordeals as the targets of cyberbulling, which makes old-fashioned playground bullying look like child’s play.
New research suggests suicide among young children may have less to do with depression than previously thought. Researchers say child suicides are more frequently related to attention-deficit hyperactivity (ADHD).
The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, indicates young children who die by suicide before age 12 are nearly twice as likely to have an ADHD diagnosis than a depression diagnosis. This is the opposite of what is usually seen among adolescents ages 12-17 who die by suicide.
Amanda’s mother Carol Todd is coming to Iqaluit next month to tell you about her 15-year-old daughter. She’ll likely talk about mental illness, shame, bullying, parenting, social media and about what it’s like to lose someone you love in such a terrible way.
Todd, a teacher by trade with expertise in special needs, is among many presenters and keynote speakers who will participate in the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention’s annual conference Oct. 26 to Oct. 29 in Iqaluit.