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Suicide Awareness & Prevention

Suicide is amongst one of the hardest mental health topics to be discussed as stigma often influences the lack of conversations and safe spaces that ensure safety. Suicide ideation is part of the human experience and can be experienced on a spectrum of passive thoughts to active thoughts. Having a stressful day and “wishing you could disappear” can be considered as a passive suicidal thought; its the wishing to be removed from the current state with no plans or intention to actively act on those thoughts. Active thoughts of suicide can involve higher risks of safety where a plan and intention to act on that plan can lead to the attempt of suicide.

It is important for us to be aware of how to identify and support/respond to the experiences of suicide ideation within ourself, loved ones and those around us to help create more understanding and awareness on how we can help prevent death by suicide.

Identifying signs of suicide and how to reach out for support can serve as a means to saving someone’s life.

How to identify signs of suicide:

  • Withdrawing from loved ones or previously enjoyed activities
  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Feeling trapped on in unbearable pain
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Increased depression, anxiety or agitation
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Displaying extreme mood swings
  • Experiencing a traumatic or triggering event such as sexual assault, a loss of a loved one or job
  • The giving away of one’s possessions
  • Talk of hopelessness

How to reach out for support:

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts please know that you are not alone and that things can get better.

No matter what you are going through, know that there is help.

  • Contacting a suicide helpline
  • Connecting with a psychotherapist in your local community
  • Contacting and informing your family physician
  • Alerting friends and/or family that you are having a hard time and are worried for your safety

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If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, connecting with a mental health professional can help. We are here to support you!

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Written by: Liza AL-Nakash, HBSC, Neuroscience Specialist

Edited by: Monique Lucas, M.A., RP, Clinical Supervisor, Individual, Couple and Family Therapist

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