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Sad event was a first but itmay lead to some changes

Responsible media generally don't report on suicides.

But a tragic event just one week ago has resulted in a front page story today due to the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of Darla Stocks.

She was spending a night at the Centre for Adult Psychology -- not a new experience for her -- but one that her friends didn't think would be her last.

Manitoba's Chief Medical Officer has called an official inquest to examine the facts surrounding the cause and manner of Darla's death.

CAP has been in the community for 12 years. Darla's death marks the first time an individual has died, by his or her own hand, within the facility.

It's a sad situation that we hope will never happen again.

We hope the official inquest will provide the centre with some new direction. We hope that Darla's legacy will be that this type of tragedy never happens again at CAP.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 3, 2010 A10

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I direct this post to Marlene who obviously knew Darla well. Today is March 21, 2014 & I only recently heard of Darla's death. I know some of Darla's life and she did not have an easy life. I worked with her for about 2 years here in Calgary, from 2007 to 2009 or so. I am really saddened by her passing, and agree she will be sorely missed.

She was such a dear soul and so compassionate.

Lucy

Shameful abuse of a person's right to personal privacy and community compassion. Amateur and yellow journalism. Reprehensible.

You said it yourself in the first line: "Responsible media generally don't report on suicides."

Where does that put you?

Shame on you.

My greatest sympathies to those friends and family who did visit and care for Darla while she was living independantly and in the CAP. I am certain that this shy, gracious girl will be missed by those who were closest to her. I hope this passing will serve notice that those living independantly as consumers have their own personal ghosts and goblins to deal with every day which should never be totally taken for granted. Can you imagine what it is like when individuals don't have the good friends and family Darla did? I met her briefly and she was a gentle, quiet person and she chose her friends carefully. May the inquiry do the system some good and do honour to her memory, not stain it. I sincerely hope this will not become another scandal in Brandon. The Mental Health Community gets hit hard by these scandals and unless people are met and understood on their own individual merits, general acceptance and assimulation into any community is very difficult.

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