Suicide, Suicidal Thoughts and Building Resilience       At times, overwhelming feelings of sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness, and loneliness are enough for some individuals to consider, or attempt to take their own lives. Death by suicide is relatively uncommon but it is estimated that approximately 4,000 people die by suicide each year in Canada (Canadian Psychological Association, 2020). It is more common for individuals to engage in self-harm behaviours and/or entertain suicidal thoughts (CPA, 2020).      Some individuals may have passive suicidal thoughts such as wishing to not wake up or that something fatal will happen. Others have more active thoughts about ending their lives. It is important to take both passive and active suicidal thoughts very seriously because it indicates that something is not right in the individual’s life (CPA, 2020). Research indicates that suicide is generally more common in people who have mental illnesse
  We know that mental health is more than just the absence of clinically diagnosed mental illness. The World Health Organization (WHO) describes mind health as a fundamental element of resilience, health assets, capabilities, and positive adaptation. Mind health enables people to cope with life’s continuum of stressors so we can reach our full potential with love, compassion, and creativity. So, how do we achieve resiliency for mind health and well-being? How can we move forward in our lives in a positive manner to reduce our stress levels and find resilience to cope this year? To start, pause for a moment and close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths to promote relaxation and clear the random thoughts from your mind. Stay in the moment, reflect, and look back at the year. Think about what you have accomplished or survived in the last year. Make a list of your positive accomplishments no matter how big or small they may seem. Realize that there will always be things i