Anthony Nauss was 16 the first time he attempted suicide. His best friend, Michaela Maughan, and her mother found him at home alone, his speech slurred, with an empty bottle of sleeping pills. They called 911, and Michaela, just 16 herself, rode with Anthony in the ambulance.

At the hospital in Bridgewater, N.S., a town of 8,500 about an hour’s drive from Halifax, doctors flushed the pills from him system and admitted him overnight. Then they sent Anthony home, telling him to check in with his school counsellor. But Anthony would end up in emergency several more times, says Michaela, sometimes because he was self-harming and had cut his arm so deeply he needed stitches. Once, he was admitted for an entire week and was eventually diagnosed with anxiety, a personality disorder and post-traumatic stress syndrome.  Read the rest of this article at The Globe and Mail…

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Image (top): A photo of Anthony Nauss and his father, Stephen, hangs in the basement of the Nauss family home in Bridgewater, N.S. Photography by Darren Calabrese/The Globe and Mail