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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Society's acceptance of suicide ups rates By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Suicide has become an to a person's problems in modern society because of a change in people's attitude towards the says the vice chairman of a government task force into suicides. Menno Boldt this change in attitude seems to be contributing to the increasing rate of suicide in Alberta. Dr. an assistant sociology professor at the University of says suicide used to be viewed as immoral act the unforgivable now it is evident among young people that religious sanctions and moral questions are less of a deterrent to their behaviour. the civil liberties movement seems to be having an impact here engendering the notion of a person's autonomy over his own Dr. Boldt says. logic of advocates of drug use that it is not an infringment on anyone else's body could be related to the logic of committing suicide. similarity is not with the act but with the same type of rationale that seems to be present in young people. WeeWhimsv Ji nniin 111 Vjmlurposl will be sent the original art lot her quote Send your child's quotation to this paper Suicide has become a less extreme option than it was he says. Dr. Boldt mentions young people because of the rapid increase in teenage suicides between 1967 and 1973. Figures released by retiring chief coroner Max Cantor show 1973 was the worst year on record for teenage suicides with 29 in Alberta 11 of those in Edmonton alone. The youngest recorded suicide last year was a 13-year-old Edmonton youth who shot himself on Christmas day. More research is needed into what effect the lessening of moral deterrents has on the suicide rate but a definite link between the two seems to emerge from literature about Dr. Boldt says. Along with more research the task force hopes to compile the most comprehensive data on Alberta suicides that has ever been collected in the province. Suicide statistics are not broken down to include the background leading to the suicide such as previous attempted suicide and occupation. The task force will be trying to these in order to make recommendations to the provincial government that will help curb the rate of suicides. General statistics show various links that must be he says. The task for will likely be focusing on people who have attempted suicide but never completed the act because about 60 per cent of all suicide victims have a history of attempted he says. And statistics show that socially isolated or groups in society are more likely to commit suicide than other segments of the population. Stigmatized such as unmarried mothers and the are more prone to the traumatic experiences in life that can touch off the contemplation of he says. Here Are the ANSWERS for your NEWS QUIZ PART 2-A native-born Minister John Turner PART 5-d PART 5-a PICTURE Andre Ouellet This fact could explain the high rate of suicides in urban areas where social isolation is increasing. The combined suicides in Calgary and Edmonton have always been below the combined total for the rest of the province but in 1972 suicides in the two cities reached 114 compared with 97 for the rest of the province. Between 1967 and the end of 1973 suicides increased in Edmonton 130 per cent and in Calgary 35 per cent. Dr. Boldt says people in urban areas are becoming more isolated because of a lack of neighborliness resulting from the high mobility of urban residents. This in turn can tie in with the statistics that show more single people commit suicide than married people. The single person is totally alone and he said. Another statistic the task force will be attempting to disect is that three times as many females as males attempt suicide but three times as many males as females complete the act. would indicate that men tend to be more certain that this is what they want to do whereas women are sometimes trying to communicate -they don't want to die but want he says. And there are six to 10 suicide attempts to .every Dr. Boldt says. Some researchers even estimate this as high as 20 because many suicide attempts and completions are hidden by the family .and friends of a suicide victim. Suicides such as falling or single-vehicle accidents be researched to find the reasons they Dr. Boldt says these type of suicides can be discovered because public attitudes toward suicide are changing. was a taboo subject before but people are more open minded about suicides now and are willing to discuss the problem. The fact that a task force has been appointed shows a willingness for the subject to be he says. And people realize there is a slight similarity with all suicides whether between the person that takes an overdose or the alcoholic that drinks himself to death in that the person seems unable to cope with life successfully. Corby Grand Duke. One of the worlds 3 great vodkas. We challenged two world famous vodkas with our Grand Duke. The judges were panels of taste i people like you who enjoy good vodka. They tasted and told Duke's as smooth and light as the world's Enjoy die best. Corby. Good taste in Canada since 1859. Five generations The family of Mrs. G. E. Poncelet of Lethbridge gath- ered for a memorable picture of their five generations. Left to right are great grandmother Mrs. her daughter Mrs. Charles with her son Armond Kivell of St. Albert and his son Graig who is the father of young Paula Kivell. Mrs. Poncelet resides with her other Mrs. Verne Belford. .anders Dear Ann You have printed several letters in your column about how they hate the habit and wish they could get but never have you printed a letter with a solution. This may be your first. I started to smoke when I was 17.1 was on my own in the business world and thought if I smoked I'd look older. For a few years it was eight or ten cigarettes a usually when I was with someone I wanted to impress. Gradually I realized I was smoking more than I had intended. I found .myself lighting a cigarette every time I had a cup of or whenever I reached for a telephone. By the time I was I was hooked. I and burned holes in my best suits. I even burned a hole in the dining room table. I must say my wife was wonderful. She never nagged me to quit because she was smart enough to know that each person must make that decision himself. Last November some friends came to spend the weekend. Edna mentioned something about an acquaintance who had been a nicotine freak for 38 how she had gone to a clinic in checked in on Sunday and left the following Friday total Edna said that woman was a thoroughly but five days at produced the miracle. I sent for the literature at once. On December left for St. Helena's Hospital and Health Centre. When I arrived at the gate I was smoking. Then I saw a are entering a non-smoking area. Deposit smoking materials I put out my cigarette and tossed it with the rest of the into the trash can provided for that purpose. The next five days were but they were too. I met men and women from all over the country. We exercised ate vegetarian drank countless glasses of fruit juice liquor listened to watched and took steam and sauna baths to ease the withdrawal symptoms. Then there was that horrible- cancer-ridden lung floating in a bottle of alcohol. He managed to turn up in the dining the lecture wherever I happened to be. Although St. Helena's is run by the Seventh Day no one tried to sell us religion. I was impressed by the dedication and the quiet dignity of the personnel. They truly believe in what they are doing but they apply no pressure to persuade the guests that theirs is the only way. On December I walked out of St. Helena's feeling very good about myself. in said Dr. Herschel the director. want to know how you get From that day to this I haven't had a cigarette. Of course There are times when the craving is so strong I must excuse myself from a meeting and go wash my face with cold water. taught us to do this during moments of But I have kicked the and if I can do anyone can. Please print this letter and tell the tobacco junkies who want to quit where to write for information. Thank you. Free At Last Dear The address St. Helena's Hospital and Health Deer California 94576. All I can say is God bless THEM and thank you for writing. Start fires Candle stubs placed beneath logs will facilitate the starting of wood fires. VANTAS ECONOMY MEATS 904 7 Avenue South Phone 329-4545 Your Experts For Your Freezer Orders of Beef Hinds Fronts Sides of Pork 7 day preparation Fantastic long weekend 1. Country Cut Spareribs aisoBBQ ib.iimitub. 570 2. Lean Ground Beef fresh excellent for BBQ. Ib. 3. Bulk Wieners mso.ib................ 590 4. Breakfast Bacon ___ Gainers ideal sliced. 5 Ib Ib ............790 5. ChUCk Steaks lor BBQmg. lb......'........690 6. BaCOn by the piece Ib....................... 090 7. Beef Sausage fresh ib..........................890 8. Round Steak Shoulder forBBQ.ng.ib.................1.29 9. BeefBBQSlNelder 10. 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