Resource providing support after suicide now available

HALIFAX, NS (MAY 4, 2016) – Suicide attempts remain the second largest category (after falls) for injury-related hospitalizations across Nova Scotia. After the death of her son, Carol (Cashen) Rolfe was inspired to share her findings in a readily accessible resource for parents faced with a similar loss.

“After I lost my son to suicide in 2007, and at the time not being able to find supportive resources or guidance, I set out to find a way to ensure there was support for those who were left behind after a loved one’s suicide,” says Rolfe. “With guidance, support and direction from Dr. Stan Kutcher, I developed this resource in memory of my son, Adam Cashen. It is given to immediate family members within 48 hours after a suicide, enabling the opportunity to receive supportive advice.”

The updated edition of Have You Lost Someone to Suicide? (originally published in 2009) is now available to download, free of charge, at teenmentalhealth.org. Developed as a much needed resource for families and friends seeking support following a youth suicide, it provides basic, yet helpful information about suicide, grief, depression, stigma, and how to support a person who has lost a loved one. This booklet helps the reader understand what to expect following a loss to suicide and learn how to cope in a healthy manner, while acknowledging that this process is different for everyone.

“Losing a loved one to suicide results in a highly emotional and often confusing time” says Dr. Stan Kutcher. “People often do not know who to turn to or what to do. This resource can help answer some of those questions and provide guidance during this very trying time.”

To access this resource online, please visit: http://teenmentalhealth.org/toolbox/lost-someone-suicide/. Hard-copy versions are also available at the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner’s Office, and by request to kate.elliot@iwk.nshealth.ca.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Kate Elliot, Communications Coordinator
Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health
kate.elliot@iwk.nshealth.ca
(902) 470-8444