What makes life woth living?

When asked the question, what makes life worth living, some of the answers you might hear are a loving and supportive relationship, meaningful work and involvement in hobbies, opportunities for fun and play, and the ability to pursue your dreams.

When asked the question, what makes life worth living, some of the answers you might hear are a loving and supportive relationship, meaningful work and involvement in hobbies, opportunities for fun and play, and the ability to pursue your dreams.

However, there are circumstances that may prevent people from having these opportunities and gaining the belonging, acceptance and recognition we all need.

These circumstances may include poverty, unemployment, discrimination and limited services available when they need help.

Many of these challenges create stressful conditions and, over time, they also create poor mental health. Perhaps most troubling is the fact that suicide claims the lives of more than 3,500 people in Canada a year and 500 of those deaths are young people between the ages of 15 and 24.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among our young people in Canada and this fact leads me to ask what can we do to support all youth in building lives worth living?

This is true prevention but there is no one easy answer. We can begin by understanding the factors known to increase the risk of suicide and poor mental health, as well as the protective factors — those things that help people cope with difficult situations.

By understanding the important role protective factors play, communities can start to identify ways to create opportunities to develop resiliency in youth and give them something to look forward to.

Community factors that promote resiliency in youth include opportunities to build coping and problem-solving skills, dependable adults and role models, access and transportation to different recreational activities, strong family support and involvement, community and cultural ties, positive and safe school environments and opportunities to be involved in decision making processes that effect them.

On Sept. 10, World Suicide Prevention Day, events will take place across Canada and around the world to promote suicide awareness and prevention.

This year, the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention in partnership with LivingWorks Education has chosen as its theme, “Building Suicide-Safer Communities.”  Be on the lookout for World Suicide Prevention Day events happening in your community.

And remember, help is available. If you or someone you care about is currently in crisis, call 1-800-SUICIDE or visit the following websites for information: http://www.crisiscentre.bc.ca and http://youthinbc.com/.

Jenny Turco is a population health facilitator with Interior Health.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The RCMP arrest one of the suspects on Highway 97 courtesy of cell phone footage shot by a bystander. (April Thomas photo)
WATCH: Two suspects arrested after multi-jurisdictional chase

A half dozen police cars were seen heading north on Highway 97

Commercial tenants at the Williams Lake Regional Airport have been granted an additional six-month rent reprieve. (Angie Mindus file photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Continuing rent relief for Williams Lake Airport tenants considered

City council discussed the option during a committee of the whole meeting

The Grade 2 class of 150 Mile House Elementary attended Cariboo Memorial Hospital with teacher Kirsty Bowers to deliver “kindness” bags full of small gifts to housekeeping staff. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
150 Mile House students deliver gift bags showing appreciation for hospital staff

Students begin Monday morning with a bus trip to Cariboo Memorial Hospital

A nurse performs a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Interior Health reports 16 new COVID-19 cases

423 cases remain active in the region

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Older rental apartments are prime candidates for renovations, and could result in lost affordable housing stock. (Zoë Ducklow photo)
B.C.’s renoviction overhaul a good start, but won’t preserve affordable stock, lawyer says

And still no protection for people who can’t pay rent due to COVID-19

Kamloops This Week
Cause of Kamloops landfill fire may never be known

Fire investigators are dealing with too much destruction in too large an area

(Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)
B.C. WHL teams to hit the ice with Kelowna, Kamloops hub cities

Kelowna, Kamloops centres chosen to host B.C. WHL teams for 24-game regular season

The machines are akin to ATMs and allow drug users at risk of overdose to get hydromorphone pills dispensed to them after their palm has been scanned to identify its unique vein pattern. (CANADIAN PRESS)
Feds dole out $3.5M for ‘vending machines’ to dispense safer opioids in B.C.

The machines are located in four cities across Canada, including Vancouver and Victoria

Kelowna’s lakefront visitor centre is one of 130 around the province. Tourism businesses have been hardest hit by COVID-19 restrictions on travel. (Destination B.C.)
Tourism, small business getting COVID-19 help, B.C. minister says

$300M grant program has delivered $50 million so far

The incident happened in downtown Castlegar. Photo: Betsy Kline
Castlegar teen recounts stabbing after stranger breaks into grandmother’s house

The unnamed teen survived a terrifying attack Feb. 21

Most Read