There are wounds we don’t see, a pain that cannot be bandaged or covered, and yet somehow remains hidden. Suicide is a leading cause of death in Canada for young individuals. It is a major national health concern and B.C. is not exempt.
Although we have dedicated health professions within our province, we also have a collective social responsibility, a social responsibility to help those that are in need. The Canadian Forces state, “Even with a strong health care system, it is essential that all military personnel, like all Canadians, recognize mental health issues as they develop and progress.”
Building awareness, educating our citizens, and helping families in need is our responsibility as a community. Despite our differences, we are all Canadian, and we need compassion and empathy in our politics.
On this day of awareness and discussion, my thoughts are with my fellow veterans, active duty personnel, and the families throughout British Columbia who have struggled. Please know that we do care, and we are here for you.
NOTE: Please do not be afraid to reach out to a crisis centre if you are in need. The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention has an excellent resource to help you find a crisis centre, and to know when you should contact them. Click here for more information.