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Would you know what to do if a friend or family member were in crisis?

As part of marking World Suicide Prevention Day this week, we’re sharing resources for helping loved ones in crisis.
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There are several warning signs that someone might be contemplating suicide:

  • talking about death or suicide 
  • uncharacteristically isolating themselves 
  • neglecting their appearance and hygiene 
  • a sudden decrease in performance or productivity at work or school
Of those who contemplate or attempt suicide, eighty per cent send out a warning sign to those around them that they are thinking about suicide. 

Call 9-1-1 if someone is in immediate danger of harming themselves. 

Call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) if you are considering suicide or are concerned about someone who may be. This number connects you to a regional crisis line in B.C. 

If you, a friend or a loved one needs support, there are many programs and resources that are available to you.

  • Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC: Immediate access to regional crisis and information lines in B.C., 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) from anywhere in the province to be connected to the nearest available regional crisis line.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association: Promotes mental health and supports resilience and recovery through education, advocacy, research and direct services across Canada
  • A non-profit organization that provides information and referral regarding community, government and social services in B.C. 
  • Here to Help: Timely access to high-quality information on mental health, mental disorders and substance use problems and disorders, from a group of seven agencies in B.C. 
  • BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services: Health care services for people with complex needs, including severe and persistent mental health and substance use issues. 
  • Kelty Mental Health Centre: Mental health and substance use information, resources and peer support for children, youth and their families across B.C. 
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