As members of the Western community, we can make a real difference by discussing and learning more about suicide.
Individuals are at a higher risk of suicide if they; have a serious physical or mental illness, abuse alcohol or drugs, have experience a major loss, or have made previous suicide threats or attempts.
Signs and Symptoms of Suicide
- repeated expressions of hopelessness, helplessness, or desperation
- behaviour that is out of character
- preparations for death, such as discussing making a will, taking out insurance or giving away prized possessions
- Making remarks related to death, dying, or suicide
If you are feeling suicidal
- Get immediate help: Call a crisis phone support line or go to the emergency room.
- Access help with a mental health professional.
- Contact your family doctor. He/she can refer you to services in the community, including counselling and hospital services.
- Seek support from family and friends. Talk every day to at least one person you trust about how you are feeling.
If you are concerned that someone you know may be suicidal
- Talk with the person directly. The single-most important thing you can do is to listen without judgment.
- Find a safe, private place to talk with the person, and allow as much time as necessary.
- Ask direct questions like “Are you considering killing yourself?”, "Do you have a plan? If the answer is yes and they have a plan, call 911 or get the person to the emergency room.
- Share your own concern and fear if the person tells you that he/she is thinking about suicide.
- If it’s possible, go with the person to get help. They are more likely to actually go somewhere for help if they’re not alone.