Suicide Prevention

Canada Suicide and Crisis: 1-800-448-3000


Some symptoms of depression

  • Feeling unusually sad or irritable
  • Loss of enjoyment and interest in activities that used to be enjoyable
  • Lack of energy and tiredness
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Feeling worthless or feeling unnecessarily guilty
  • Thinking about death or dying
  • Talking or writing about suicide
  • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
  • Lethargy
  • Difficulty sleeping
Warning signs of suicidal behaviour:

  • Hopelessness or despair
  • Withdrawal from family
  • Withdrawal from friends and usual social activities
  • Neglect of personal appearance
  • Persistent self-deprecating comments
  • Preoccupation with death or with people who have died from suicide
  • Suicide or death as the theme of conversation or artwork
  • Giving away valued possessions
  • Depression, also including loss of interest in usual activities, changes in sleep patterns, crying, sleeplessness, loss of appetite, hopelessness

Where to get more information:

What to do if you feel suicidal:

  • Tell a relative, friend, clergy, counsellor or any person you feel you can talk to and who will help you.
  • Make an appointment with a doctor and, if necessary, get a referral to a psychiatrist or other health professional.
  • If you feel you cannot talk to anyone, or if no one is available, phone a crisis line. Visit the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention website for a link to distress centres across Canada. Suicide and Crisis Line: 1-800-448-3000
  • Kids Help Phone is there 24 hours a day 7 days a week for kids in need of help and hope. Website: Phone Number: 1-800-668-6868