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Suicide Prevention

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I felt compelled to write about the suicide death of Wade Belak, a retired NHL player, for several reasons and it isn’t because I’m a huge hockey fan. In fact, what struck me as most tragic about his death was: He suffered from depression for a number of years. September is National Suicide Prevention Month and Mr. Belak’s suicide underscores the fact that we have a long way to go to make progress on this serious issue. Mr. Belak’s suicide again raises the issue of how brain injuries can lead to long-term mental health issues. His role as a hockey...

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Teenage Suicide

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I am a Queen’s University graduate and my eldest son is currently studying at Queen’s. We were shocked and saddened to hear of the recent deaths last week of two Queen’s students; in fact, there have been 6 deaths on the campus this year. Even though my son and I didn’t know the students personally, we feel a sense of loss. Queen’s is a tight knit community so when tragedy strikes, the whole community feels it. What is particularly shocking is three of the deaths were suicides. How could young people in the prime of their lives with promising futures...

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