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POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 1 The Province of Nova Scotia is committed to improving health care to put the needs of patients first, and to investing in the services and care that people require. This includes doing what we can to prevent suicide – providing all Nova Scotians with access to the help and services they need to prevent a tragic event. Nova Scotia has a passionate and dedicated group of school guidance counsellors and health care workers whose goal is always to provide the best care possible. They are always open to improvements that reflect best practices and standards, especially when it comes to caring for our children. Some changes underway include bringing more mental health clinicians into schools, shortening wait times for assessments, and planning for better technology support for mental health services. I commend the Police Association of Nova Scotia for focusing the 43rd Annual Crime Prevention Guide on the very important topic of Suicide Prevention Awareness. If you or someone you know needs help, reach out to people you can trust; a family member, relative, friend, or teacher. The mental health crisis line is available to anyone who is in need of immediate help in dealing with a mental health concern–including thoughts of suicide. The line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and the phone number is 1-888-429-8167. More resources are available at We will continue to work together to create caring and respectful communities for all Nova Scotians. Regards, Honourable Stephen McNeil, M.L.A. Premier

2 POLICEASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 42 Main Street Sherbrooke, NS B0J 3C0 (902) 522-2400 Thank You for your Support!

POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 3 On behalf of the Members and Board of Directors of the Police Association of Nova Scotia, I wish to thank the general public and businesses in Nova Scotia for their support of our organization. The Police Association of Nova Scotia appreciates your support and contributions to our Annual Crime Prevention Guide. I wish to thank Fenety Marketing Services for their excellent work and dedication to our organization during the past year. Thank you. Stephen Curley President PANS


POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 5 PANS Office Staff & Email Addresses PANS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kids Help Phone (see page 7) MADD Cobequid – Bruce Miller Tournament Scholarships Heart and Stroke Foundation Hartlen Family Tragedy Children’s Wish Foundation Feed Nova Scotia MADD Canada – Valley Chapter MADD Canada – Pictou County Pictou County Silent Witness Cobequid Educational Center Safe Grad Colchester Food Bank Maggie’s Place Family Resource Center David W. Fisher CEO Donna Gallant Executive Assistant Brigitte Gaudet Controller DONATIONS April 2013 - March 1, 2014 PANS OFFICE ADDRESS: 1000 Windmill Road, Suite 2 Dartmouth, NS B3B 1L7 PHONE: (902) 468-7555 (PANS office) TOLL-FREE: 1-888-468-2798 FAX: (902) 468-2202 President Stephen Curley 1st Vice-President Richard Hickox - Truro 2nd Vice-President Dale Johnson - Charlottetown Secretary-Treasurer Wilfred Andrews - Annapolis Valley Area Director Jamie Dearing - Bridgewater Area Director Harvey Timmons - Pictou County Area Director Doug Williams - Springhill ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA The Police Association of Nova Scotia supported the community through a variety of programs and activities, including donations to:


POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 7 Left to right: Wilf Andrews, Doug Williams, Derrah Reid, Shelley Richardson - Regional Director of Community Fundraising and Corporate Development for Kids Help Phone, Richard Hickox, Dale Johnson and Stephen Curley. PANS made a $5,000 donation to Kids Help Phone Kids talk to Kids Help Phone when kids don't know who to talk to. There for kids, day and night To reach a Kids Help Phone professional counsellor, kids, teens and young adults from any community in Canada can call or go online 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Anything goes From trouble with homework to dealing with loss and grief to thoughts of suicide, kids can talk to Kids Help Phone about anything. Professional counsellors provide anonymous, confidential and nonjudgemental support. Support right at home Kids Help Phone is the only organization that has access to a database of over 37,000 local resources. That means that no matter where a kid is calling from, our professional counsellors can connect them to a service right in their community, whether they need a place to stay for the night, a way-home or a sexual health clinic. Kids Help Phone's Mission Their mission is to improve the well-being of children and youth in Canada by providing them anonymous and confidential professional counselling, referrals and information inEnglishandFrench, through technologicallybased communications media. Even though everyone needs help sometimes, stigma around mental and emotional health struggle remains strong. The threat of being judged or labeled can leave both adults and kids reluctant to seek help. PANS in the community

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POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 9 SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS Suicide Prevention . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Risk Factors & Warning Signs. . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Suicide Rates: An Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Suicides and Suicide Rate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Teen Suicide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Teen Depression: A Guide for Parents. . . . . . . 71 Suicide in Children and Youth: A Guide for Parents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Suicide Among Seniors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Suicide Among Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples . . 97 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Canada’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Queer & Questioning Youth At Greater Risk of Suicide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 WHERE TO GO FOR HELP IN NOVA SCOTIA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 COMMUNITIES ADDRESSING SUICIDE TOGETHER (CAST) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 CRISIS CENTRES SERVING NOVA SCOTIA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 SURVIVOR SUPPORT SERVICES IN NOVA SCOTIA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE PROVINCE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 Resources for more information on Suicide Prevention. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 ADVERTISERS’ INDEX. . . . . . . . . . . . . 127 43rd Annual Crime Prevention Guide TABLE OF CONTENTS Message from the Premier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Message from PANS President . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 About PANS & Donations to the Community . .5 PANS made a $5,000 donation to KIDS HELP PHONE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Message from the Publisher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 D.A.R.E. program wrapping up around Island schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 PANS in the community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Truro Police Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Recipient of the new Blue Line Uniform Image Award . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Benefit Hockey Truro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 We Get Mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Benefit Hockey Wolfville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Benefit Hockey New Glasgow . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Benefit Hockey Halifax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 PANS Annual Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 PANS Annual Christmas & Appreciation Dinner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Big Girl, Little Heart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45

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POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 11 From the Publisher “Providing quality, professional marketing and fundraising services on behalf of high-profile, non-profit organizations.” The Police Association of Nova Scotia publishes an Annual Crime Prevention Guide to educate the public on serious community concerns. This 43rdAnnual PANS Crime Prevention Guide focuses on the delicate subject of Suicide Prevention Awareness in order to shed some light on this very dark issue. This Community Guide is made possible as a result of financial contributions from residents and business representatives throughout the province whose generous support makes it possible for the members of the Police Association of Nova Scotia to give back to their communities through donations to various local charities and youth-oriented programs. On behalf of PANS, I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank each and every contributor of our 2013 Telephone Appeal. This unique publication is distributed free-of-charge each year to schools, libraries and public facilities and it is also available online at PANS's website at, making it easily accessible to everyone. Your comments or suggestions regarding these publications are always welcome and we look forward to speaking with you again this year during our Annual Telephone Appeal. Respectfully, Mark T. Fenety President Fenety Marketing Services

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PANS in the community POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 13 D.A.R.E. program wrapping up around Island schools Y’s Men make significant donation to make sure Island children learn important message It wasn’t a typical Grade 6 graduation at West Royalty Elementary. That one is still to come. These 62 students were graduating from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. Offered to students in all Charlottetown-area schools by the Charlottetown Police Department, the program gives kids the skills and knowledge they need to avoid involvement with drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse. School principal Ken Gaudet said the program was introduced to West Royalty students four years ago. “It’s an awesome program. We’re really glad to be able to facilitate it again this year. They talk about alcohol, tobacco and drugs and the harmful effects these substances have on your body, as well as the tools that you can develop within yourself to resist temptations or offers,” he said. Cpl. John Flood, the officer who co-ordinates D.A.R.E. in city schools, says the education component of the program is important for students at this age. “It’s extremely important, it’s priority number one to get that safe message out there, to give them some skills to help deal with probable temptations that might come in the future.” The program gives students awareness about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco, said Flood. Nicola Doncaster, left, and Ethan MacKay with Cpl. John Flood prior to the graduation from D.A.R.E. program recently at West Royalty Elementary. Guardian Photo By Bo Ford, The Guardian “It teaches them how to avoid situations that tempt people to try them, the danger of addictions and what a substance can do to your body.” Flood gives the presentation to over 350 Grade 6 students a year. The students do a lot of practicing with skits in the classroom, write essays and have conversations about drugs. Gaudet said he’s had past students come back to the school and tell him how much the program has benefited them. “They have come back to tell us it has helped them, that they’ve been in situations and had the tools to say no. That’s encouraging for us,” he said. “Being able to have these conversations as an 11- or 12year-old was helpful to them as they went through their different school years in junior high and high school.” It’s not just the education on drugs that is good for students, said Gaudet. “Something else that is really valuable is the relationship they develop with the police officer. Corporal Flood is more than someone just driving around in a car, they see him as a friend, someone who really cares for them.” The program would not be possible without the help and support of the Charlottetown Y’s Men’s club. “School funds are limited. If we don’t have the sponsorship of the Y’s Men, I don’t believe the program goes because there are no dollars in education right now for that,” said Gaudet. The Charlottetown Y’s Men contributed $3,000 to the D.A.R.E. program as part of the graduation celebrations in West Royalty. Earl Foster of the Y’s Mens club said the D.A.R.E. program is one they will continue to support. “Our goal is young people. This program is set up for children in Grade 6, so this is one of the contributions we make every year. It covers a good portion (of the cost), but still they would want to have more support financially.” Gaudet said he would like to see a program of this sort brought through the junior high system as well. “There would have to be a new program, this one wouldn’t be effective as the kids are at a different place in their thinking. If there was some program that could be used. I can’t see how it wouldn’t be helpful.” The students all received a T-shirt and D.A.R.E. certificate for their efforts in the program.

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POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 15 The Brain Injury Association of P.E.I., in partnership with Charlottetown City Police and Cycling P.E.I., has launched Operation Headway in the hopes more people will wear their helmets to prevent brain injuries. From left are: Mike Connolly, Cycling P.E.I., Const. Robert Schnarr, Charlottetown City Police, and Lisa Oranluck and Kenneth Murnaghan, Brain Injury Association. (Guardian Photo.) Charlottetown Police Choir after performing at Christmastime 2013. PANS in the community

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POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 17 Police Service Dog ONYX, the newest member of the Truro Police Service. PANS in the community Const. Ron Kennedy, left, arrests Deputy Mayor Stu MacFadyen as firefighter Bobby Chandler makes sure Alana Sprague is secure in jail as the Charlottetown Fire Department got ready to support a cancer fundraiser. On Friday, Aug. 23/13, people had others “arrested” for an hour for a donation of $20 in support of cancer. (Guardian Photo)

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POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 19 Constables Karen Harling and Wendy Cormier of Truro Police Service at the 2013 Atlantic Women in Law Enforcement conference. Deputy Chief Jim Flemming (left) and Chief Dave MacNeil (right) with Edwin Cormier of the Truro Police Service as he receives his Corporal Stripes in January 2014. Truro Police Service

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POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 21 Members of the Truro Police Service in their new dress uniforms gather on the steps of the police station on Remembrance Day 2013. Det/Cst. Karen Harling didn’t have to join another police service to get a new uniform. On the same day she was presented with her 15-year service medal, Harling traded in her powder blue dress uniform for a brand new custom-fitted royal blue version – one she began creating six months before as chair of the Truro Police Department dress uniform committee. “There were a few reasons to update the official threads,” says Truro police chief Dave MacNeil. “We’ve had it since the mid-1980s . It’s powder blue and a bit dated.” He adds, laughing, “A lot of the newer officers weren’t too keen on it.” The cloth was also becoming increasingly difficult to source, he adds. The challenge was to create a new dress uniform with a fresh and current look, while maintaining the distinctive feeling of their traditional outfit. MacNeil says the first step was to research different supplier options. The committee eventually decided to go with a tailor in Fredericton which does not mass-produce uniforms. During the design process, the tailor actually opened a new location in Halifax. Harling says it was eye-opening to see how much detail goes into one uniform. “There are about 20 different elements and they’re all customizable,” she says. “It’s a lot of decisions.” The new uniform includes a royal blue, high-necked tunic. The colour matches the blue stripe on the pants. Harling says the tailor had to do a custom dye job to get this colour – and that’s not the only thing that’s custom. The entire uniform was customized for the department. MacNeil says nothing was recycled from the old one; everything is new right down to the badge, belt, buttons and cap. However, for the sake of tradition, the new uniform incorporates a black cross-strap, and element that dates back to the 1970s. Harling’s favourite part is the cap, which is a little nontraditional for a Canadian department. “We went outside the box with the caps and chose a full-black, eight-point cap,” she says. “It’s a style that’s more common in the US.” The hat also includes a custom cap badge. “We wanted to do something different; something the Truro department could be known for.” Another change is how the new outfit is fitted to each officer. The previous dress uniform was off the rack, with one fitting. The new uniform is not only custom-designed but involves three fittings. Chief MacNeil says that makes a big difference. “You can feel that they’re comfortable,” he says, “and it looks more polished.” Both the public and nearby police departments have been positive about the new look. Truro police officers had a chance to participate in the design decisions, even voting on some of the elements, so the new uniform reflects the ideas of the entire department. “We’re pretty pumped about the uniform,” MacNeil says, and the first officrs to wear it agree. After all her work on the project, Harling is happy with the results. At her medal ceremony, many officers complimented her on the new look. “I’m so excited and I’m just really pleased,” she says. MacNeil admits some officers miss their traditional powder blue but hopes they’ll come around to the change. “I say it’s a big change but we still stayed blue.” Andrei Master Tailors – designed and tailored uniform, Pressed Metal Products – all badges and buttons, Marlow White – hat and gloves, Olivia Schneider is Blue Line Magazine’s Maritime correspondent, and can be reached at Recipient of the new Blue Line Uniform Image Award by Olivia Schneider, November 2013 issue of Blue Line Magazine

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POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 23 Our Annual Charity Hockey Game on February 27, 2014 was a real “Battle of the Badges” featuring the Truro Police All-Stars and the Truro Firefighter All-Stars. Over $5,000 in proceeds was raised to support our Police Association’s many activities in the area, including generous contributions to Colchester Food Bank, C.E.C. Safe Grad, Maggie’s Place, Children’s Wish Foundationand The Boys & Girls Club of Truro and Colchester. Colchester Food Bank C.E.C. Safe Grad Maggie’s Place Children’s Wish Foundation Facing off for Charities PANS in the community Benefit Hockey Truro The Boys & Girls Club of Truro and Colchester

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POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 25 TRURO - More than 200 excited hockey fans, young and old, attended a charity game on Thursday to watch the Truro Police Service face off against the Truro Fire Service. "It's just awesome," said Sherry Morrison, who attended the game with her husband Keith and son Lee. "It's fun, absolutely. It helps people out with the Boys and Girls Club (of Colchester)." Lee said there were a couple of specific reasons he was in attendance. "Because I always liked playing hockey, and because I always wanted to be a police officer. It's fun, it's my dream." The Battle of the Badges game raised more than $5,000 for local charities and more than 1,000 pounds of food was collected by the Cobequid Educational Center (CEC) student council, exceeding last year's total of 990 pounds. The final weigh in this year was 1,173 pounds. Proceeds from the 50/50 draw went to the Colchester SPCA. The charities benefiting from the event included Maggie's Place Family Resource Center, the Boys and Girls Club and CEC Safe Grad, to name a few. The Truro Police Service won the contest 12-9, however, the real winners were local charities and the hockey Battle of the Badges hockey game raises more than $5,000 for local charities players and volunteers who helped make the fundraising initiative reality. Cpl. Rick Hickox of the Truro Police Service also credited the community for supporting the event. "It's an obvious community event," he said. "It sheds a different light. We are a part of this community, we raise families here. "People call in times of need and this is just a way to give back to the community. This event doesn't happen without the support of the community and we appreciate that." Truro Fire Service Chief Blois Currie said the charity game is one event that firefighters mark on their calendars each year. "They look forward to coming out and raising money and having fun with their counterparts, the police department," said Currie. Hickox said he is looking forward to next year's game. "We will do it again, it's an ongoing event," he said. "We look forward to start planning basically right after this event is over," he said. "It's a great community to live in." Baillie Saunders - Truro Daily News Published on February 28, 2014 PANS in the community Benefit Hockey Truro Truro Police Service Cst. Thomas Whidden, Rodney Hatcher - Cobequid Education Center Student CoPresident, Mary DeAdder – Colchester Food Bank, and Truro Fire Service Firefighter Skylar Blackie Cst. Thomas Whidden, CEC Safe Graduation Chair - Shannon Wolfe, Colchester Food Bank - Mary DeAdder, Truro Fire Service Firefighter Kevin Boates, Truro Police Service Cpl. Rick Hickox with daughter Lola Hickox, CEC Student Co-President Rodney Hatcher, Truro Police Service Cst. Edwin Reynolds – School Resource Officer at CEC, and Truro Fire Service FF Skylar Blackie

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POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 29 PANS in the community Our 16th Annual Charity Benefit Hockey Game on February 6, 2014, featuring the Maritime All Stars, raised over $7,000.00 to support our Police Association’s activities in the area, including generous donations to the Annapolis Valley MADD Chapter, Children’s Wish Foundation, and the Open Arms Drop-In Centre. Open Arms Drop-In Centre Children’s Wish Foundation Annapolis Valley MADD Chapter Benefit Hockey Wolfville

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POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 31 Our 15th Annual Charity Benefit Hockey Game on February 8, 2014, featuring the Pictou County Moms, was a success, with over $5,000.00 in proceeds raised to support our Police Association’s many activities in the area, including generous contributions to the Pictou County Silent Witness Progrm (Domestic Violence Education), The Children’s Wish Foundation, and the Pictou County MADD Chapter. Pictou County MADD Chapter Pictou County Silent Witness Program (Domestic Violence Education) Children’s Wish Foundation New Glasgow Police Cruiser Benefit Hockey New Glasgow PANS in the community

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POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 33 Our 18th Annual Charity Benefit Hockey Game in Halifax on January 23, 2014, featuring the Maritime All Stars, was a huge success with over $12,000.00 in proceeds raised to support our Police Association’s many activities in the area. Generous contributions were made to the Children’s Wish Foundationand Feed Nova Scotia. Children’s Wish Foundation Feed Nova Scotia Facing off for Charities Cruisin’ for Local Charities PANS in the community Benefit Hockey Halifax

Tel: (902) 423-0787 Fax: (902) 423-2460 Web: PO Box 2129 Fall River, NS Canada B2T 1K6 34 POLICEASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA P.O. Box 395 North Sydney, NS B2A 3M4 BRIMAC ROOFING BUILT UP ROOFING SHEET METAL COMMERCIAL 397 Villa, Bras D’Or B1Y 2Z2 OFFICE: 736-2617 FAX: 736-6149 CAMERON GRACIE: 736-7225 Scrap Metal New & Used Structural JOHN ROSS & SONS LTD 7 Cummane Street Truro, NS P.O. Box 841 Truro, NS B2N 5G6 Bus: (902) 893-9429 Fax: (902) 893-9420

POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 35 June 6-8, 2013 Annual Conference Charlottetown, PEI continued... David Fisher, Derrah Reid (outgoing President), Steve Curley (incoming President) Mark Fenety receives a thank you gift from PANS Past President Derrah Reid Scott White, Brian McDougall & Rick Hickox David Fisher, Chief Executive Officer PANS & Tom Stamatakis, President CPA

36 POLICEASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 61 Gatehouse Run Hammonds Plains, NS B4B 0A3 902.835.6847 Cell: 902-456-0368 1535 Dresden Row, Suite 207 Halifax, NS B3J 3T1 Telephone: (902) 832-9411 Fax: (902) 832-9422 101 Membertou Street Sydney, NS 902.539.3281 Open: Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. .m. - Sunday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Ga s & Conven i enc e

POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 37 June 6-8, 2013 Annual Conference Charlottetown, PEI Harbour Cruise - Conference June 2013 Joan & Wayne Crane Rick Hickox & Bruce Tobin Sid Stead, Dale Johnson & Tim Keizer 2013

CIBC Wood Gundy is a division of CIBC World Markets Inc., a subsidiary of CIBC and a Member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund and Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada. Halifax Branch g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g 38 POLICEASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 6990 Mumford Road Halifax, NS B3L 4W7 Phone: 902-454-7990 Proud to support the Police Association of Nova Scotia

POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 39 November 30, 2013 in Halifax, NS continued... Debbie & Corey Reid Bev White & David Fisher Annette & Dale Johnson PANS Annual Christmas & Appreciation Dinner

40 POLICEASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA SKIPPER FISHERIES LIMITED PO Box 39 380 Abbott’s Harbour Road Middle West Pubnico Nova Scotia Canada B0W 2M0

POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 41 November 30, 2013 in Halifax, NS continued Jennifer Munro & Stephen Curley, PANS President continued... Brigitte & Derek Gaudet Donna & Maurice Gallant PANS Annual Christmas & Appreciation Dinner

42 POLICEASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA A&L SEAFOODS 20 Minto Street Louisbourg, NS B1C 1L1 902.733.2900 L'élève : notre passion, notre avenir La mission du CSAP est d'offrir aux personnes d'origine acadienne et aux personnes francophones une éducation de première qualité en français langue première, incluant l'enseignement de l'anglais langue première, en tenant compte de l'identité et de la culture acadienne en Nouvelle-Écosse. La vision du CSAPest celle d'offrir des services au plus grand nombre d'élèves admissibles et vise à assurer le développement de chaque élève, afin de former des citoyennes et citoyens fiers et engagés envers la langue française, leur culture et leur communauté, ayant le sens des responsabilités, compétents dans les deux langues officielles du pays et ouverts sur le monde. BUREAUX ADMINISTRATIFS : Siège social C.P. 88, Saulnierville, N.-É. B0W 2Z0 Téléphone : 902-769-5460 Télécopieur : 902-769-5461 Région Sud-Ouest 9248, Route 1, Meteghan River, N.-É. Téléphone : 902-769-5480 Télécopieur : 902-769-5481 Région centrale 250 Brownlow Ave., Unité 7, Dartmouth, N.É. B3B 1W9 Téléphone : 902-433-7045 Télécopieur : 902-433-7044 Région Nord-Est C.P. 100, Petit-de-Grat, N.-É. B0E 2L0 Téléphone : 902-226-5230 Télécopieur. : 902-226-5231 Visitez notre Site Web à l’adresse suivante : Vous y trouverez une gamme de renseignements sur le fonctionnement du CSAP.

POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 43 Kristy & Mark Fenety Kathy & Mark Hartlen Linda & Wilf Andrews November 30, 2013 in Halifax, NS ...continued PANS Annual Christmas & Appreciation Dinner

44 POLICEASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA W.R. Graham Services Ltd Specializing in: Geothermal Heat Pumps Groundwater Specialists W.G. (Bill) Graham, B.Sc. Hydrogeologist New Glasgow, NS 1-888-935-3745 The 1000+ members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 625 supports the efforts of PANS to raise awareness about Suicide and its Prevention. Serving the Electrical Industry since 1908. I.B.E.W. - The Union of Hearts and Minds 58 McQuade Lake Crescent, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3S 1G8 Ph: 902-450-5625 • Electrical • Mechanical • HVAC • Controls & Automation • Facility Maintenance & Operations • Ongoing Service & Maintenance • Turnkey Installations • Natural Gas Conversion/Maintenance 10 Payzant Avenue, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B3B 1Z6 Tel (902) 468-3101 ~ Fax (902) 468-3102 A Tradition of Quality for Over 90 Years Black & McDonald Limited Is Proud to Support The Police Association of Nova Scotia

POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 45 BIG heart, little girl New Glasgow Lola Timmons is a typical five-year-old girl. She loves to dress in bright, gauzy princess gowns and wear sparkly tiaras or colourful ribbons in the halo of curly brown hair that frames her little cherub face. She loves animals – especially sharks – and takes great delight in playing with the family dog, Eades, as well as visiting the gold fish in the pond beside her house in Union Centre. Her bright blue eyes dance with fun when she talks excitedly about the baby sister who is due to make her appearance in the next month or so. And, to coin a phrase, Lola has a heart as big as all outdoors. And her generosity would melt even the hardest of hearts. “Hi, my name is Lola Timmons. Please help me raise money for Big Brothers and Big Sisters so kids can have a mentor. Thank you.” This is the simple message – delivered with a little bit of conviction and a whole lot of charm – by Lola, on YouTube. Lola and her team – New Glasgow Regional Police, where her parents Claire and Harvey are both police officers – are looking to raise money for the local Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake Fundraiser. Her team goal is $1,000. While not exactly clear on what a mentor is, Lola knows what having a mentor means to a child like her. “Mentors help kids learn,” she explains with a little shrug. This year marks the second year for Lola’s fundraising. She had so much fun doing it last year that she was quick to take up the challenge again. “Lola has always been kind and considerate – especially to the kids with special needs in her class – and I attribute it to her pre-school, Spring Garden,” praises mom Claire. Lola Timmons, 5, is raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County's Bowl for Kids Sake event on April 12. Posted on March 13, 2014 Jackie Jardine, The Advocate “She is charitable in other ways, too. Last year on her birthday, she asked her friends for donations to the SPCA instead of gifts for herself.” Her dad, Harvey, who is a former Big Brother and knows the value of the program says, “We’re trying to raise her right and teach her to give back.” It is a family motto, it seems, since Claire is a member of the Kinette Club of New Glasgow and has been with MADD Pictou County for more than a decade, Lola is also a member of the police Relay for Life team and helps out at the food bank, and all three of them are participating in the Bowl for Kids Sake event on April 12. Lola, it seems, is simply irresistible. Currently, she is the third top money raiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County. Visit her YouTube video to see for yourself, To make a donation to Lola, visit, click on the Bowl for Kids Sake link and look for Lola’s name on the right side of the page.

46 POLICEASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA SERVING PICTOU COUNTY SINCE 1936 New Glasgow Sales Agent: Robert Simpson - 902-755-1833 Toll Free: 1-877-866-3455 Monuments on Display at The Highland Square Mall P H A R M A C Y Crystal Taylor, B.Sc. Pharm Pharmacist/Owner 228 Main Street Parrsboro, NS B0M 1S0 (902) 254-3012 Fax (902) 254-3078 Email: 124 Chain Lake Drive Halifax, NS B3S 1A2 Tel: (902) 454-9512 Fax: (902) 454-9517 W.E.T.T. Certified Technicians 149 Main Street Antigonish, NS B2G 2B6 902-863-1103 Toll-Free 1-800-706-5558 Antigonish Victorian Inn Elegant Accommodations “Business or Pleasure” Norma Jean MacDonald, Manager ALL MEMBERS OF STELLARTON POLICE SERVICES 250 Foord Street, P.O. Box 609 Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0 (902) 752-6160 Office (902) 752-4101 Fax Thank You for your support

POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 47 The Issue Every year close to 3,700 people in Canada commit suicide. Many of these deaths could be prevented by early recognition of the signs of suicidal thinking and appropriate intervention, and early identification and effective treatment of mental illness. Background According to a Public Health Agency of Canada report in 2006, suicide account or 1.7 % of all deaths in Canada. However, this statistic does not take into consideration those suicides wrongly reported as accidental deaths or cases where it is difficult to assess whether or not the death was intentional. In fact, between 2000 - 2003, the annual number of reported deaths from suicide was higher than the number of deaths from transport accidents. The suicide rate among men is nearly four times higher than the rate among women. However, women are twice as likely to attempt suicide as men. The difference seems to come from the fact that men more often use a more lethal means, such as firearms or hanging to end their lives. Women are more likely to choose a more prolonged method, such as an overdose of pills, where there is a greater chance of an intervention that will save their lives. Also, men are generally more reluctant to seek help on mental health issues than women. Among adults aged 15 years and older, more than 3% have attempted suicide in their lifetime. More than one in five deaths among adults between the ages of 15 and 24 years is due to suicide. Suicide rates are much higher in some Aboriginal communities. Despite the fact that almost everyone in Canada has been touched by suicide, there is still a stigma attached to it and to mental illness in general. Stigma is a complex issue involving many factors, including religious practices that do not allow people who commit suicide to be buried in sacred ground. This stigma can be a barrier to someone seeking help for suicidal feelings. Factors in Suicidal Behaviour There are four main factors that come into play in suicidal behaviour. Predisposing factors The factors that make an individual vulnerable to suicidal behaviour include: • Mental illness • Abuse • Loss of a loved one early in life • Family history of suicide •Long-term difficulty with peer relationships. Almost all people who kill themselves have a mental illness, such as major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or borderline personality disorder. They often abuse drugs or alcohol. Although people who commit suicide are commonly depressed, only a minority of people who are depressed are suicidal. Previous suicide attempts are common among those who eventually die by suicide. Precipitating factors These are the factors that create a crisis. The most common of these factors are losses, such as job loss, the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, divorce or loss of position in society. Other factors that may cause the crisis include: • Pressure to succeed • Conflict with the law SUICIDE PREVENTION ►

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POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 49 • Financial difficulties • Rejection by society for some personal trait, such as ethnic origin or sexual orientation. What these factors have is common is that they are situations over which the individual feels no sense of control. They cause unbearable psychological pain that the individual feels will never end. Contributing factors These are the factors that make the individual even more vulnerable to suicidal behaviour. They can include: • Physical illness • Sexual identity issues • An unstable family environment • Risk-taking or self-destructive behaviour • The suicide of a friend • Isolation • Substance abuse. Protective factors These factors help to decrease the risk of suicide. They include: • A resilient personality • Tolerance for frustration • Self control • Good social supports • A sense of humour • At least one good relationship. Symptoms of Suicidal Behaviour More suicides could be prevented if people were aware of the warning signs for suicidal behaviour. People considering suicide often show one or more of these signs of distress. They may: • Repeatedly express that they feel hopeless, helpless or desperate, although many will not talk about it at all; • Experience a change in sleep patterns; • Lose their appetite or have no energy; • Make negative comments about themselves; • Lose interest in things they used to enjoy, such as friends, hobbies or sports; • Give away prize possessions and take other actions to put their affairs in order; • Express their final wishes to someone or talk about their suicidal thoughts, although again, many will not talk about it at all; • Have a plan as to how they will commit suicide, even giving the time and place. Minimizing The Risk If you or someone close to you shows some of these warning signs for suicide, here are steps you can take to help: • Most communities in Canada have access to a Crisis/Distress line staffed by people with experience in helping those considering suicide. Their telephone numbers are usually prominently displayed in the first few pages of the telephone directory. Call them for advice and referrals. • Help remove the stigma associated with suicide by talking openly and frankly with someone about suicidal feelings. Show interest and support. Blaming someone for their negative feelings or telling them to “pull themselves together” doesn’t help and may further isolate the individual by discouraging them to share thoughts or look for help. • Get professional help from your family doctor or a mental health professional, such as a psychiatrist or a psychologist. They can make a difference. If a friend or family member is suicidal, it can be helpful to offer to go with them. SUICIDE PREVENTION ►

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POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 51 • Where possible, remove items that can be used for suicide, such as firearms, knives, over- the-counter medicines and drugs. Suicidal behaviour is often impulsive and restricting access to methods can substantially reduce the risk of a completed suicide. •Involve other friends and family members. The more support, the better for the person at risk and for you. • For more information and help, contact the mental health organizations listed in the Need More Info? section. Government of Canada’s Role The Government of Canada works to help Canadians maintain and improve their mental health, including preventing suicidal behaviour. Within its jurisdiction, the Government of Canada works to: • Develop and disseminate knowledge on mental health promotion and mental illness prevention; • Provide leadership and governance; • Develop social marketing campaigns; and • Conduct surveillance on health trends in population. In 2007, the federal government provided funding to establish and support The Mental Health Commission of Canada to lead the development of a national mental health strategy. Need More Info? For more information on suicidal behaviour, contact the following. The Canadian Assoc. for Suicide Prevention Mental Illness Surveillance, Public Health Agency of Canada at: cpcmc/topics/mental_e.html The Human Face of Mental Health and Mental Illness in Canada 2006 at: human-humain06 The Mental Health Promotion Unit, Public Health Agency of Canada at: mentalhealth/mhp/index.html Health Canada’s Mental Health section at: index_e.html The Mental Health Commission of Canada at: Or contact the local Canadian Mental Health Association in your community, listed in the phone book Mood Disorders Society of Canada at: Mental Health Canada: Centre for Suicide Prevention: Canadian Psychiatric Assocation The National Network for Mental Health at: The Canadian Psychological Association at: For additional articles on health and safety issues go to the It’s Your Health Web section at: You can also call toll free at 1-866-225-0709 or TTY at 1-800-267-1245* SUICIDE PREVENTION