I live in Canada and am 22 years old. A couple years ago, I was taken to the hospital by police due to depression and threatning self harm. A few months ago, I was taken to the hospital by police for attempted suicide.
I am much better now and those were dark phases in my life.
I recently completed my criminal background check, a special one for vulnerable patients. It states these two incidents as "THREATNING/VIOLENT BEHAVIOUR"
Let me make this clear: I DO NOT have a criminal record, chrages or convictions. And these two incidents were a RESULT of mental illness. I'm on medication now and am fine.
Will this hurt me in any way?
Mar 21, '14
I am very sorry to hear that your expressed suicidality and apparent suicide attempt are being labelled THREATENING/VIOLENT BEHAVIOUR. I'm sure this was quite shocking to you. It certainly is to me and I had no idea that Canada did this.
As people have said, it shouldn't be a problem once you explain. However, some people will use it as reason to stigmatize you which is why something like this shouldn't be on your record at all. I really sympathize and hope that everyone you encounter is RATIONAL and empathetic toward you.
I am extremely lucky in that when I was taken to the hospital (after a counsellor called me into the police for saying "I don't want to live my life"...) the emergency room MD dismissed their pleas to admit me. I see now that this was very prudent and ethical on his behalf.
I am a trauma survivor and it disgusts me that Canada would stigmatize people who have coped with suicidal thoughts/behaviours in this manner. Esp. because people with these types of histories are no more dangerous toward others than a person without. We are not predators and something like this should not appear on vulnerable sector screening.
No wonder people don't seek help.
Last edit by VulpesVulpes on Mar 21, '14