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
- BC211.ca: 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.