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As one who has survived suicide, I truly understand the dark places that our thoughts can take us to. I’m very familiar with fear and deep depression that overpowers a person. They want to escape the intense psychological, physiological and emotional pain that overwhelms them. At that moment, choosing to live is too hard. Additionally, choosing to die is hard but seems like the better solution. At least, the pain and anguish now has an end. This is the lie a person at risk embraces. In this blog, I will provide facts about suicide and dispel the myths. Feel free to comment on my blogs and to ask questions. And remember...
All of us are greater than any one of us -- the best way to fight suicide is to work together to create suicide safe communities.
Your friend Bill
|Posted by Bill on November 1, 2017 at 9:25 AM||comments (6344)|
In 1993, Robert Latimer, killed Tracey, his disabled 12 year old daughter, because he wanted to end her pain. Today he is appealing the Supreme Court to overturn his sentence.
In Canada, helping a person commit suicide is a crime. It’s spelled out in Criminal Code Section 241 (b) — and carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.
The first doctor to be sentenced in Canada under the law was Maurice Généreux, who got a jail term of two year...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Bill on January 25, 2015 at 6:35 PM||comments (0)|
We are living in a turbulent era. At all stages of life, choosing death is becoming a viable solution to escape various types of pain one is suffering from. This goes beyond being a solution to physical pain.
These days, people are blurring the line between suicide for themselves and advocating for vulnerable people having the right to suicide. In other words, having the right to end their “miserable” lives. So who decides?
There are several gr...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Bill on November 24, 2014 at 12:35 PM||comments (5)|
Too often parents or loved ones get blamed for people’s suicide decisions. Society is quick to make assumptions. They explain away suicide victims by saying things like, “If they had better parents, environments, education or socio-economic status this tragedy wouldn't have happened.” This is faulty thinking. In actuality, no one is immune to becoming a person-at-risk for suicide.
“Each year in Canada nearly 4,000 people end their lives by suicide. R...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Bill on October 28, 2014 at 12:50 AM||comments (5)|
Over 20 years have passed since I tried to take my life. There were major contributors to the stress and anxiety that brought me to that dark place. I was 18 years old.
At the time, the relationship with my father had been severed. My girlfriend broke up with me. My own life was going nowhere, and, I was a bit of a mess – to say the least. These two events felt like huge losses in my life back then. No one I came into contact with was able to pick up on my intense des...Read Full Post »