'Please tell the truth about why I died': Dad shares teen's mental health struggle (Dr. Steve Mathias)
The father of a Kelowna, B.C. teenager who died by suicide last fall is speaking out on Bell Let’s Talk day, saying it was his daughter’s wish that her parents talk about why she took her own life.
At 18, Georgia McAlpine was about to embark on an eight-month trip volunteering in Africa to help women and children in developing countries. Photos hanging on the walls of her family’s home capture a beaming young woman posing with her siblings, her parents, at graduation.
Dr. Steve Mathias is the executive director of Foundry, a mental health drop in centre in Vancouver. Stories like Georgia’s are tragically all too common, he says.
Shannon Paterson reports
Tiko Kerr, Vancouver Artist and patient of Dr. Julio Montaner