Is someone you know thinking of suicide?
If you are concerned that someone you know may be thinking of suicide, you can help. Remember, as a helper, do not promise to do anything you do not want to do or that you cannot do. First of all, if the person is actively suicidal, get help immediately. Call your local crisis service or the police, or take the person to the emergency room of your local hospital. Do not leave the person alone. If the person has attempted suicide and needs medical attention, call 9-1-1 or your local emergency services number.
Are you feeling suicidal?
If you are feeling suicidal, please contact your local crisis line or counselling centre. The information that follows is not a substitute for professional counselling. It is strongly recommended that you seek guidance from a professional caregiver.
There are several ways to find assistance:
- Check your phone directory for the listing of your local crisis centre.
- Access the Centre for Suicide Prevention’s listing of Canadian crisis centres, as well as a listing of online counselling websites at www.suicideinfo.ca.
- You have made the right choice to look for help. We hope you will contact someone right away.
Loss is one of life’s most stressful events. It takes time to heal, and everyone responds differently. We may need help to cope with the changes in our lives. Grief is part of being human, but that doesn’t mean we have to go through the journey alone.
Suicide. It’s a difficult topic to bring up. However, when someone talks about suicide or brings up concern for a loved one, it’s important to take action and seek help quickly.
Adolescence is a time of dramatic change. The journey from child to adult can be complex and challenging. Young people often feel tremendous pressure to succeed at school, at home and in social groups. At the same time, they may lack the life experience that lets them know that difficult situations will not last forever. Mental health problems commonly associated with adults, such as depression, also affect young people. Any one of these factors, or a combination, may become such a source of pain that they seek relief in suicide.