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Sep 8, 2020

Mental Health and Suicide

Fear, worry and stress are normal responses to perceived or real threats, and when we are faced with uncertainty or the unknown.  In that context, it is normal and understandable that people are experiencing fear amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Along with the fear of contracting the virus, there are significant changes to our daily lives as our movements are restricted in support of efforts to contain and slow down the spread of the virus.  Faced with new realities of working from home, unemployment, home-schooling of children and lack of physical contact with other family members, friends and colleagues, it is important that we look after our mental health.  Today on Ask the Experts, the issue of suicide was discussed.

 

Aimee Jex, President, Mental Health Association

“To bring up a little question of gender, you pointed out that even this year there has been a higher number of male completions.  Just to show, over the past ten or twelve years, women have the highest number of attempts but women will complete less than men.  So men tend to be more fatal in their attempts, so more men will die.  Even though women have higher attempts, maybe only one out of five women will die in an attempt, whereas one man will die out of every three who attempt.  So when we look at that information it is a little bit scary because when we look at health in general and mental health specifically, we have more access by women as well.  So how do we reach out to the men in our community and say we are here for your mental health as well.  I believe last week there has been an initiative that was launched to address more men in mental health.  So these are things that we definitely are looking towards.  It’s not just depression, anxiety and schizophrenia but we also look at substance use and alcohol use.”


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