suicide awareness and prevention

suicide prevention

looking for signs of suicide or depression

Persons at risk for suicide usually show one or more warning signs. However, it may be possible that there will be no warning signs at all. Below are common warning signs to look for.

  • Talks about wanting to die or reveals an actual plan to end their life
  • Threatens suicide or has made a previous suicide attempt
  • Talks about feeling hopeless, helpless or worthless
  • Shows changes in school performance
  • Shows changes in appearance
  • Shows sudden changes in mood, thinking, or behavior
  • Gives away personal or treasured belongings
  • An increase in drug or alcohol use
  • Deliberately harms themselves or puts themselves at risk
  • Shows signs of depression: loss of interest in usual activities, changes in sleep pattern, loss of appetite, says negative things about self
  • Has suffered trauma or a recent crisis

Asking someone if they are thinking about suicide will not give them the idea. If you think a friend is suicidal, do something. Reaching out can save a life.

how can i help myself?

  • Ask for help—from family, friends, family doctor, school, clergy, counselor. Keep yourself safe. Make a plan—take it one hour at a time, one day at a time
  • Develop a support system around you—find an adult and/or peer you can trust and talk to
  • Get lots of sleep
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Exercise—physical activity helps to relieve stress
  • Try relaxation exercises—yoga, deep breathing, meditation, etc
  • Get involved in helping others, or in an activity you enjoy
  • Avoid using drugs, alcohol or caffeine
  • Learn how to problem solve

be a friend.

Be there; keep a close watch on them; ask them how they feel; support your friend and try to give them hope; be accepting—do not judge.

Listen carefully.

Stay calm and listen; take what they say seriously; let them know that there is help available; let them talk about their feelings.

is the person in crisis?

Watch for warning signs; be direct and ask them if they are considering suicide; talk about feelings honestly; ask if they have a plan and the means to carry it out; stay with the person until they are safe.

Do not deal with this on your own.

You need to get help for the suicidal person and for yourself. Get help from a parent or trusted adult, family, friends, doctors, and community support services. Do not promise to keep this a secret and do not try to solve their problems for them.

in crisis? need immediate help?

If you find yourself in need of immediate help, call Emergency Services – 911

These are examples of situations that you should seek immediate help:

  • Thinking about ending your life or trying to end your life
  • Scared because you’re experiencing sensations that aren’t real and/or beliefs that can’t possibly be true
  • Becoming unable to care for yourself, and it’s putting you at risk of serious harm
  • Experiencing an alcohol or any other drug overdose
  • Taking a dangerous combination of substances (like medications and alcohol)

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