PODCAST: Suicide prevention

PODCAST: Suicide prevention

This is a recording of an article on suicide prevention and measures you could take if you spot the early warning signs.

The article, written by Simon Jacobs, is narrated here by Michael Bourguignon.
It first appeared in the July 2014 issue of Life in Québec Magazine.

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“Grieving is a personal business. We don’t all have the same DNA, we don’t all have the same coping skills, the same friends, nor the same resilience and we use different methods to get through”.

While the need to seek professional help is paramount, it does not mean that friends and family should feel that they are no longer needed or should not remain vigilant. It is important to provide support for a friend or family member who is in distress, but we should not attempt to take on the responsibility of trying to solely take care of someone. One of the most important things that we should do is steer them to a healthcare professional.

There should be no stigma against admitting to needing help. “Say to them, ‘think of Olympic athletes, the best in the world. They all have a coach, a physiotherapist, a psychologist to help their mind, to work on strategy. They are surrounded with professional help… We don’t say they are weak because they are getting professional help.

Do you need help or know someone who does? The crisis line number (free of charge from anywhere in Quebec, and staffed 24/7) is 1 866 APPELLE / 1 866 277 3553. To know more: www.cpsquebec.ca.

Read the original article in full Suicide prevention measures

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Michael Bourguignon

Michael Bourguignon is a language instructor, writer, editor, translator, narrator, and amateur stage actor. He is available for children's parties.

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