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  1. thebedbugresource

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Fri Jan 28 2011 23:56:07
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    Hello All,

    I am saddened to report that a woman in Montreal who jumped off a 17th floor balcony to her death in 2009 did so because of bed bugs. As to why the story is just now breaking it is still unclear.

    In her suicide note Louise Fafard wrote;

    “I have had enough of these vampires. I am in depression since the arrival of these small beasts. I go away towards a better world”

    She apparently suffered from bipolar disorder and alcoholism. Apparently it was the bed bugs that were the final straw.

    The woman suffered from bipolar disorder, alcoholism and other problems for years. But they were kept in check by a stable job. Then, she discovered bugs of beds in her house. Immediately, it sank.

    Sean

  2. victimized

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    Sat Jan 29 2011 0:03:44
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    Sean,

    Thank you for posting this and I am truly saddened by it. What scares me so much is to actually know now that to some people they were driven to this

    That should be a bit of a clue to officials how serious this can be for people. I myself have held my bottle of pills in my hand crying and thought how easy it would be to just take them and not have to worry about dealing with it anymore but then I always think of my parents and my cats that wouldn't have someone to look after them, and the bugs that would just end up taking over the house and my stuff and I don't. But it's scary thinking that what if one day it comes to that and there is no other solution?

    This definitely should have been on the news earlier. Perhaps the note was not found right away or they did not want to disclose the information for privacy purposes? Maybe they were still investigating to be sure it wasn't a homicide.

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Sat Jan 29 2011 0:14:42
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    So sad.

    Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night...
    - Psalms 91:5-7

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  4. thebedbugresource

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    Posted 7 years ago
    Sat Jan 29 2011 1:49:07
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    Article is here (in French):

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    http://exruefrontenac.com/nouvelles-generales/33003/33003

  5. Nobugsonme

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    Sat Jan 29 2011 2:23:47
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    Very sad.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
  6. KillerQueen

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    Sat Jan 29 2011 2:49:08
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    Very sad to hear this.

    Victimized, for the record, if you were in NY I would have offered my services free of charge to help resolve the mess you're in. Its has been toooo long for you!

    Good Luck! Better days are coming.

  7. victimized

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    KQ, there would have been a time and it wasn't so long go that I would have hoped and wished and dreamed that I could say I live in NY. How strongly this all has changed my views of the world that it has come between my intense love for NYC and myself. I don't even think of cities anymore without becoming anxious and fearful since this started and I used to love the city. Even the smell of laundry, smells very unique to city neighbourhoods upsets me.

    Your offer, albeit one that may not be possible given distance and such, does not go without appreciation. That is the perhaps the kindest thing said to me yet here. It sucks to be so pathetic like this but to know someone out there would offer such generosity even in this day and age makes me want to cry- from happiness. NY is both terribly unfortunate and lucky. Unfortunate to have so many who are suffering so badly from this seemingly endless problem but lucky to have you. Philadelphia is a long way off from being as on top of things as they are there. They are as they usually are, behind despite being #2 in the whole country.

    Thank you and there is still the part of me that isn't ready to give up and finds myself looking forward to when this is all finally over.

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    Sat Jan 29 2011 18:23:19
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    Was wondering what the outcome of this investigation would be. Someone posted about this incident before, but authorities were attributing her suicide to mental isues I believe. I think there are many more people thinking along these lines than the media realizes. I have never been so close to going off the edge in my life and I'm a pretty stable person. It doesnt just affect the person infested, it affects their entire family, work relationships, etc. Its no fun to be a hermit/leper. When you feel there is no hope, no one listening, no one believing, no one caring and you are working off of no sleep it is hard to keep it together. Our government has really got to get on top of of this issue. We need to have training facilities for PCO's and better support for those who are in the trenches. I wish this issue were taken more seriously. People are hurting.

  9. Sleepless in NYC

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    Sat Jan 29 2011 21:31:05
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    Very sad to hear this. What govt officials don't realize is that although bbs may not pose a physical health threat such as transmitting disease, they do affect a person's emotional state of mind. (regardless of any pre-existing health issues)

  10. thebedbugresource

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    Sat Jan 29 2011 22:28:40
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    The CDC (Center for Disease Control) and WHO (World Health Organization) bot have classified bed bugs as a public health issue.

    Sean

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    This is a rough (Google) translation, with a few corrections and deletions (marked by ellipses), of the original story which appears here.

    (Normally, we don't reproduce full articles here. However, since the article is in French originally, and I cannot find any English-medium press on this, I thought this would help other Anglophones to comprehend it.)

    A Montreal woman was driven to suicide by bed bugs that infested her public housing apartment, says the coroner Jacques Ramsay in the first such report obtained exclusively by Rue Frontenac. Unable to tolerate the "vampires threatening to devour the living," the mentally ill sexagenarian jumped from the 17th floor.
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    Bedbugs cause a relapse

    On June 3, 2009, Louise Fafard, 62, killed herself. She jumped from her balcony and crashed to the ground, several meters below. "I'm tired of these vampires. I am depressed since the arrival of these critters. I'm going to a better world, "she said in a farewell letter.

    The woman suffered from bipolar disorder, borderline personality (BPD), alcohol and gambling problems for years. But her condition was controlled and she maintained a steady job. Then she found bed bugs in her low-income housing. She immediately sank.

    "For vulnerable people who suffer from serious mental disorders, bedbugs... or a breakup may be the trigger for a suicidal crisis or disruption," says Dr. Stephan Perron, an expert in the question to the Montreal Public Health.

    Louise Fafard began to gamble tens of thousands of dollars at the casino and quickly relapsed into alcohol. The trigger for this episode: the discovery of bedbugs in her apartment, said the coroner... "Ms. Fafard is tormented to the point of wanting to drown her anxiety. Eventually, the feeling of despair catches her and she ends her days, " he wrote in his report.

    A true phobia

    Haunted by the presence of blood-suckers in her apartment, even after two rounds of extermination, the 62 year old woman allegedly tried to terminate her lease with the Housing Corporation and development of Montreal (SHDM) and the Board housing. According to Jacques Ramsay, the responses were not encouraging. "It's hell to feel the itching (...) I can not go and I chose to take my life ... " Ms. Fafard wrote before going into action.

    "We have 23,000 households waiting for housing, then it's a little hard to relocate our tenants because of bedbugs," says spokesman Municipal Housing Office (OMHM) which, with the SHDM manages affordable housing on the island. "We carry out prevention and extermination," he said.

    But Louise Fafard has not believed in the virtues of extermination. On the night of June 3, the sexagenarian had reached rock bottom after discovering on the sleeve of her white robe a drop of blood. For her, it was proof that the bugs were still active. She wrote a farewell letter, sent an email telling a friend and jumped.

    Her later writings are chilling. "I panic now (...) I am sure that vampires are back and I just can not live in fear of me being eaten alive ... it's hell to feel the itch on his body (...) I can not go and I chose to take my life ... At the time I write, I swallowed a bottle of wine and two hundred pills and I feel nothing... »

    To other cases?

    The coroner, who makes no recommendation, is not surprised. "The Internet contains tons of testimonials from people who have to suffer the inconvenience of this infestation, causing them loss of sleep, anxiety, considerable financial loss, and much inconvenience" he writes. Is it any wonder then that a person with mental health decompensates when the problem persists and shows no sign of ending? »

    "I get customers every week in my office in tears. And often men, " adds specialist pest control and exterminator, Harold Leavey.

    Same story on the side of Dr. Perron. "People who can not get rid of them feel powerless. They become anxious when going to bed, experience sleep disorders and cut themselves off from their friends because they do not want to talk about their problem, " he said.

    Bedbugs have become a scourge in Montreal. The OMHM alone intervened in 1863 of its 20,000 homes in 2010, compared to 219 in 2006. Many experts also call loudly for the establishment of a register which would map the progression of the insect in the various districts of the city.

    Montreal Public Health board is participating in a study on the impact of the bug on the mental health of Montrealers, the history of quantification. The results are expected within the next six months.

    This is a heartbreaking story. We can only hope that it helps lead the city to taking the problem more seriously.

    If anyone reading this is experiencing suicidal feelings, please seek help professional right away -- go immediately to an emergency room. This post contains information on free hotlines you can call. Depression and anxiety can be treated. As awful as bed bugs are, they are not worth losing your life over.

  12. dcpause

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    Sun Jan 30 2011 15:49:10
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    Any suicide is a tragic thing, but from this news story my take-away is that bed bugs had little to do with it.

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    Very sad.

    Even more sadly I fear this is not the first nor the last time we will see this.

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    And of course we have been told, over and over, "Bed bugs are not a health issue."


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