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Suicide Prevention

Facts About Suicide

  • People who talk about suicide do it. About 80% of people who kill themselves have given out signals or talked about it.
  • People who are suicidal don't want to die. Most suicidal people just want to stop the pain.
  • Talking about suicide will not encourage someone to try it. Giving someone the opportunity to talk openly about their feelings may reduce the risk of suicide.
  • Anyone is the type. People of all cultures, ages, economic and education levels end their own lives.
  • The motives for suicide are deep and longstanding. While a recent trauma or event may trigger a sudden suicide, the problems and feelings that led to it would have had a long history.

Warning Signs of Potential Suicide

  • Withdrawal from contact with others.
  • Sudden swings in mood.
  • Recent occurrence of life crisis or emotional shock.
  • Personality change.
  • Gift giving of cherished belongings.
  • Depression.
  • Aggression and/or unhealthy risk taking.
  • Direct threats to commit suicide.
  • Hopelessness.

Warning Signs and Risk Factors

  • Has attempted suicide before.
  • Talks or jokes about death.
  • Makes a will, says goodbye.
  • Takes stupid risks, doesn't care about themselves.
  • Shows strong interest in death.
  • Writes poems or draws pictures depicting suicide.
  • Increase use of drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Isolation or withdrawal from friends, family or activities.
  • Depression or prolonged periods of sadness.
  • Problems with sleep.
  • Problems with appetite.
  • A recent significant loss.

Click here for:

Coping with suicidal thoughts

Helping a suicidal person

Suicide Prevention Help

Coping with grief after suicide

FAST - First Nation Action & Support Team

What To Do For a Person You Think Is Suicidal

Family and friends are usually the first to know when people are acting differently. A person who is thinking about suicide usually shows warning signs. If you notice any of the warning signs, don't wait until it is too late to get help. Talk to someone who can help.

  1. Ask the person if they have thoughts about killing themselves.
  2. Find out if they have a suicide plan.
  3. Find out if they have the tools to carry out their plan.
  4. Ask if they have ever tried suicide before. People who have tried to kill themselves before are at higher risk.

If they answer "YES" to any or all of these questions, help them to seek professional help as soon as possible. Tell a trusted adult or contact the health centre or any member of the counsellors at the health centre.

Do not leave the person alone.

The best thing to do for someone you think is suicidal is to:

  • Listen to them.
  • Try to understand their feelings.
  • Make sure they get help.

Click here to call the health centre and talk to a Nurse, Doctor, a Psychologist, a Counsellor, a Support Worker, CCHR, or the RCMP.

What NOT to do:

  • Do not ignore the person.
  • Don't hide the secret.
  • Don't wait to get help.
  • Don't pretend it's all okay.

If you are concerned and you need help for yourself or a family member, and you don't know how to help, then call any one of the numbers listed above and they will know what to do.

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