Content warning: The following article contains information relating to suicidality and self-harm.
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Over the past year since my friend died by suicide, I’ve found immense catharsis in learning more about suicidality, depression and the environmental and social factors that influence our mental health. While there may not be a definitive answer to explain why a person suicides or how we can prevent it, it is nonetheless important to critically examine the harmful social and cultural climates that permeate the environments of young people.
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