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Suicide

Experts in the field suggest that a suicidal person is feeling so much pain that they can see no other option. They feel that they are a burden to others, and in desperation see death as a way to escape their overwhelming pain and anguish. The suicidal state of mind has been described as constricted, filled with a sense of self-hatred, rejection, and hopelessness.
In this section, you will find information and resources to aid in the understanding and prevention of suicide.

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.

Grieving

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.

Preventing Suicide

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.