Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Suicides in Lanark County, Perth, Ontario

There are way to prevent this from happening. But suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people.
We've lost 6 young men to suicide in the past summer.
The following audio slideshow tells part of the story of one of these young men — Jesse Graham — through the voices of his friend Krystal Shannon and his mother Shelly Graham.
Ontario town struggles to make sense of suicides Audio

Teachers are often the ones who notice problems. But we are not is a position to help.With such long waiting lists for help, however, young people are seldom seen in time. It takes a strong 
person to make a difference. It is difficult to differentiate normal teen angst from serious depression. 
Ontario town struggles to make sense of suicidesDepression is a terrible mental health disorder. Compounded with alcohol abuse, another depressant, kids are at risk for this problem. Suicides seem to appear in 
waves, one precipitates another.

Kids Help

Groups that provide support to youth: Find one near you!
Child, Youth and Family Crisis Line for Eastern Ontario (1-877-377-7775)
Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868)
Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa (613-260-2360)
Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth (613-264-1415)

From The P.A.R.T.Y Program's YouYube page. More information on The P.A.R.T.Y Program, which is aimed at reducing risk behaviours in youth, and which originated at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, can be found here.


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