How to Understand and Talk about Suicide

By Halifax Psychologist Brad Peters Each year approximately 3,500 Canadians commit suicide – a figure only slightly below the number of deaths due to colon and breast cancer. In 2012, a local survey found that about 1 in 5 students in Nova Scotia seriously considered attempting suicide, with female students being more than twice as likely to attempt suicide. In the same survey, almost 1 in 10 Nova Scotia students aged 15-24 reported having thoughts the previous year about taking their lives – a rate 69% higher than the national average and the highest in the country. All of this reminds us that suicide is a serious issue and its effects hit close to home. But for all the statistics… read more →