Canada has a variety of mental health support services available to those in the military community and their families. Please click below for details.
Click below to hear Alex Shendelman (starting at 23:40 on the track) discuss mental health, suicide prevention, intervention and post-vention as well survivor of loss support with Brett Dakin.
Alex is our Survivor of Suicide Loss & Survivor of Homicide Loss Programs Lead for Distress Centres.
A survivor of suicide loss himself, Alex has spent the last thirteen years building a community of support for those who have experienced a similar loss. He has spoken on a variety of topics pertaining to suicide and homicide loss as well as mental health for a wide range of highly acclaimed and grassroots organizations.
As personable as he is knowledgeable, Alex is personally invested in helping each program member find their personal pathway forward.
Personality traits were examined using the NEO Five-Factor Inventory–Revised in an Australian psychological autopsy study involving 259 suicide deaths and 181 sudden death controls aged 35 years and over. Interviews included the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV to determine the presence of psychiatric disorder.
Personality traits of suicide deaths differed significantly from those of controls, scoring higher in the Neuroticism and Openness to Experience domains and lower on the Agreeableness and Extraversion domains. These findings varied with the presence of psychiatric disorder and by age. High Neuroticism scores were the most consistent finding in people who died by suicide, although these scores decreased in older suicides.