Suicide Last Notes Help Scientists Make New Treatments


Canada has a leading Mondial involvement in treating mental diseases and addictions, through the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). 

CAMH released outstanding research that took place between 2003 and 2009, analyzing 1,565 reports of suicides. Most of those committing suicide were leaving some written lines for immortality. Some just wanted to apologize for their deed to friends and family, some gave new insights in their mental disease.  From all the 290 pieces of writing, kept by the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario, only 36 were taken into account within the study,

The papers gave a helping hand to the researchers in their mission to create mental typologies. Dr. Juveria Zaheer, a Clinician Scientist in CAMH’s Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, affirmed:

By investigating suicide notes, we have an opportunity to improve our understanding of the mindset of people in the moments prior to their suicide deaths. The hope is that we can use this information to understand patterns of thinking that contribute to suicide. These patterns can be targets of treatment in those at risk.

The unveiled thinking structures can give significant clues in creating more effective treatments for mental issues. And these are the main patterns:

Feeling Weak And Lacking Control Over Own Life

One took to heart he doesn’t have the power of will to deviate their life on a better path. Lack of real control makes them unable to make positive changes. The increased frustration lead to suicide.

Varied Feed-Backs on Mental Treatments

Letters and short notes, more than a half of them, focused on the previous unsuccessful treatments. Some found fault in themselves for not responding well to treatments that had beneficial effects on others. While some of them simply felt disappointed that no effect occurred and abandoned any hope.

The Battlefield Between Normal Thoughts And illness Induced Thoughts

The mental warfare between reality and subjectivity caused by disease in individuals made them fatigued. They affirmed that they lost the battle with their minds, lacking any more emotional resources.

CAMH reshaped hundreds of existences through great methods that did not involve only clinical care but also education, health promotion, policy development and research.


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