Men and Suicide: It's Time to Talk

  Lately, I’ve received a lot of messages from men who are really struggling, and I have a very legitimate fear that as we continue to navigate through COVID-19 we are going to see an increase in male suicides over the next few months. Men, we are dying by suicide at a rate that is three times higher than women. Why? Well let’s look at some of the headlines out there. Women seek help. Men die.   I get it, asking for help doesn’t come naturally for us. I have stood at the fork in the road. I flirted with…

4 Lessons Learned from Suicide

Silence is not the answer. It’s time to talk openly about suicide.   I have spent the last few months traveling to several communities to discuss this prevalent issue of suicide, and I wanted to share a few of the lessons I have learned. 1. Ask the tough question, “Are you feeling suicidal?” Pay attention to the guts. If you think there is a problem then there probably is. At that point it is important to ask this difficult question. Yet, I think we fear asking the question because we fear the response. What happens if the person you care about…

Men and Mental Health

If you don’t put a voice to your pain, who will suffer more than anyone else? I used to swear I was the only one fighting my particular challenges. Yet as soon as I took a risk and allowed myself to be vulnerable, I realized others had similar experiences. I was no longer alone. It is mental health awareness week, and tomorrow evening I am sitting on a panel of men who are proud to put a face and voice to this prevalent issue. How the tides have turned. Collectively, we have gone from men in isolation to men who found…

How Michael Landsberg's Single Act Saved One Man from Suicide

  I think that we often underestimate the impact we can have on the people around us. Clearly mental illness effects both men and women. However, men are less likely to seek help. This was one of the motivating factors for me to begin the process of writing a book by men for men. This book features countless stories of Saskatchewan men who are proud to put a voice and face to various issues of mental wellness. I want to share one of these stories with you. Tyson Williams picked a specific day to die by suicide. On that day,…

Addressing Suicide in the Workplace

Before speaking for a company, I always ask whether there have been any recent tragedies that have impacted the workplace. A few days before delivering a keynote I was informed that one of the company leaders, Fred, had just lost his niece to suicide. Sadly, hearing that someone in the workplace has lost someone to suicide is not rare. What is rare, however, is the way that Fred chose to address this loss. With Fred’s permission I would like to share the letter he emailed his fellow leaders.   On November 4th I found out that my 13-year-old niece died…

World Suicide Prevention Day

Men make up 75% of all suicides in Canada. However, men are less likely to seek help for their mental health. September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. This picture was captured on my wedding day. I never had a brother, but Justin was the closest thing to it.  Little did I know that just over one year later he would die by suicide. Justin and I shared a similar journey. We both struggled with mental illness and addictions, and yet for reasons I will never truly know, he is no longer here and I remain.  This sudden loss left…