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…

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…