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People in the helping professions are trusted to help people but when does helping stop and abuse, voyeurism, or barbarism begin? Tragically, Nadia Kajouji, a Carlton University student from Brampton, Ontario, Canada took her own life. She was just 18 years old.
Suicide is a terrible act of desperation and a growing problem across North America. Why would somebody so young with an entire life a head of them do such a thing? The question has baffled the health care professionals and the society at large, for the longest time, and even government officials are alarmed about the growing rate of suicides found in every age group and every walk of life.
What is even more alarming is that a health care professional can actually assist in a suicide. Psychiatrists, psychologists, and counsellors are mandated by law to report suicide ideation and they are expected to prevent suicide attempts before it happens. Yet, what happens when it occurs online with a health care professional watching?
The Internet is not well patrolled by any government body and anything goes including logic and morality.
Nadia was reported missing in March 2008 and six weeks later her body was found in the Rideau River, she had jumped off a bridge. During the investigation it was found that she frequented a suicide chat room. In this room she befriended a man called “Cami” whom she thought to be a 20 year old woman who was also considering suicide. Together they formed a suicide pact. Former nurse, Melchert-Dinkel of St. Paul Minnesota was actually “Cami”. Although they had discussed several suicide methods, he encouraged the young student to hang herself and tape it on the internet. He told her while impersonating “Cami” that she should kill herself first and he would then do the same.
Melchert-Dinkel actively encouraged suicide and even said that he would go and purchase the rope for her. Nadia was depressed over her grades and on antidepressants. She was vulnerable and this former nurse who lost his license last year took advantage of her situation for his own pleasure. He enjoyed watching people kill themselves.
Melchert-Dinkel was actively involved in other suicides as well. He is now charged and could be facing a 15 year sentence.
Montrealers do not listen to anyone who suggests suicide get help:
Montreal center for suicide prevention