A Nurse’s Story: Mental Injury, Broken Hearts, Hope for Soldiers and First Responders

After years of struggling to conceive, the loss of her son so close to his delivery date devastated Nicole Taylor. She sunk into despair as her husband, a Canadian Military soldier, was struggling with the death of his son and the recent loss of his father while serving in the Middle East during post 9-11. Both Nicole and her husband were brought to the brink of suicide and survived. Today Nicole uses her own life experiences as an inspiration and tool to help First Responders and Military Personnel out of the darkest places wrought by PTSD.

Over the past ten years 171 Canadian Armed Forces members committed suicide. Of that number 10 were regular force females, 32 were reserve force males and 129 were regular force males. There weren’t any suicides among reserve force females during this reporting period. In the five year period between 2009 and 2014, 68 members of regular force males out of 289,866 committed suicide resulting in a suicide rate among regular force males at a rate of 23 per 100, 000 population. According to the World Health Organization, the suicide rate per Canadians is 15 per 100, 000 indicating that suicide rates among just regular force males is 35% greater than the general population.