Suicide Information

If you are considering suicide call us at 905-849-4541.
If you or someone you know is in danger call 911.

There is no typical person who dies by suicide.  At some time in his or her life, many people have thought about suicide.  It happens to young and old, rich and poor.  People in crisis often perceive their dilemma as inescapable and feel an utter loss of control.  Fortunately, there are some common warning signs which, when identified and acted upon, can save the life of someone you know.

Common Warning Signs:

  • Conversations about suicide
  • Trouble eating or sleeping
  • Drastic changes in behaviour
  • Withdrawal from friends and/or social activities
  • Loss of interest in hobbies, work, school, etc.
  • Preparations for death by making out a will and final arrangements
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Risky behaviours
  • Suffering a recent and severe loss
  • A preoccupation with death and dying
  • Loss of interest personal appearance
  • History of substance abuse
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs

Prevention… How can you help?

  1. Listening… This may be all that is needed.
  2. Talking about it openly and honestly… This gives the person time to really think about what they are saying.
  3. Believing… If someone is talking about suicide they need help in some way.
  4. Staying with the person until help is available… This person has come to you in trust.  If the person does not want emergency services to come to them, try to encourage the person to go with you for professional help.
  5. Collecting phone numbers of helping agencies… If you cannot convince the person to go for professional help, then provide information about local resources (see Links & Resources).
  6. Talking to someone yourself… You cannot handle this burden by yourself.
  7. If someone is attempting or about to attempt… Get help immediately. Call a Distress Centre or 911!
  8. Finding emergency numbers… Place emergency numbers in a convenient location.

Important Facts About Suicide

  • Suicide is not a topic people readily talk about, but increasing awareness throughout the community is making it easier.
  • Canada has a higher rate of suicide than the United States.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death in our Canadian youth, 14-19, and leading cause for those 25-34 years of age.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association states that because of the stigma surrounding suicide, as many as 30% of suicides are not reported.
  • For every death by suicide there is an average of 8-10 attempts depending on age, sex, data sources, etc.
  • One in seven Canadians have seriously considered suicide.
  • Many productive years of life are lost in our communities each year because of suicide.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association estimates that 8% of our Canadian population is affected by suicides and suicide attempts.
  • Suicidal thoughts, behaviors, and attempts are usually cries for help.
  • Anyone can become depressed, but because of the stigma attached to mental health issues, people do not seek help soon enough.  Without treatment, there is a substantial risk of suicide.
  • It is important to take each threat seriously, even from those who continually threaten.
  • Suicide prevention takes teamwork.  Without the support from business, helping agencies, educational institutions, churches, service group, government, etc., awareness would not be happening.