Here are some interesting headlines and social media items of interest in the field of suicide prevention
The Searching for Sero (short for serotonin) project was started by a couple who lost close family members (one aunt, one father) to suicide. The project focuses on mental wellness; the couple has taken a two-year trip across North America to gather stories of those who have found mental wellness through sport and outdoor activity. This project is a great example of how cultivating mental wellness and protective factors can prevent mental illness and ultimately, suicide ideation.
Opinion: Is the drive for success making our children sick? – New York Times
This opinion article looks at research that found high school students of all socioeconomic backgrounds, not just those of elite backgrounds, are often driven to the point of extreme stress. Often, it was found, this results in depression or sadness. They also discovered that elementary-aged students are experiencing migraine headaches and ulcers, likely due to performance pressure in schools. The article also talks about the deeper implications of childhood stress, including an increased likelihood of depression and anxiety in adulthood.
In their own words: Michael Landsberg – Globe and Mail
In this piece for the Globe, broadcaster and mental health advocate Michael Landsberg describes his battle with depression and his choice, after many years, to talk about it publicly. Landsberg’s website, sicknotweak.com, will launch Feb. 17, and is part of his campaign to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Do mental health apps help anyone? – HuffPost Blog
This blog post by Anna David, author, gives some interesting insight into whether or not the plethora of mental health apps (like Koko, mentioned in the last round-up email) actually help people with mental illness. David mentions a particularly interesting stat; a 2013 study found that only five of the many apps available for coping with depression, anxiety, and addiction had been tested for clinical effectiveness.
This marks the first time PTSD has been recognized as a workplace-related issue by the Workers Compensation Board of Canada. The bill extends coverage and benefits to workers who are eligible for compensation and who are diagnosed with PTSD by a medical professional.
Related – Ontario could recognize PTSD as workplace-related illness for first responders – CBC
A study published online in early November found that if medical students receive online mental health treatment, suicide ideation can be prevented in their internship year, a time when “suicide ideation increases more than four-fold during the first three months.”