Warning Signs

Persons experiencing a first-episode are at high risk for harming themselves. It is very important to take all suicide thoughts and attempts seriously.

  • Direct or indirect statements about death or suicide
  • A history of previous suicide attempts.
  • Recent traumatic loss (e.g. suicide of a loved one)
  • Any sudden change in behaviour or mood (e.g. from being talkative and outgoing to becoming withdrawn).
  • Depression (e.g. crying, sleep and appetite disturbances, hopelessness).
  • Finalizing affairs (e.g. giving away possessions, making a will or saying good-byes).
  • Increased use of drugs or alcohol

People may consider ending their lives as a way to solve the problems and emotional pain they are experiencing. They may feel confused and overwhelmed and believe the crisis is unsolvable. When a person is able to make contact with professionals they can learn to see that their situation can improve while their sense of despair and feelings of depression lessen. Getting support really helps!

If you are in crisis, you deserve help.

With counseling you can:

  • Expect emotional support.
  • Look at past and current issues that may be contributing to your difficulties.
  • Learn new problem-solving skills.
  • Begin to take charge and feel less helpless.
  • Find and build on your strengths.
  • Begin to identify alternative options to suicide.
  • There are other solutions.

If someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) available 24/7/365 throughout BC. Skilled volunteers will be able to assist.

Where to look for help:

  • Crisis Centers
  • Mental Health Teams
  • Parents, relatives, neighbours
  • The Emergency Department of your nearest Hospital
  • School: A favourite teacher/coach, a school counsellor, a principal or vice-principal
  • A religious figure such as Priest, Minister, Rabbi, Imam
  • A trusted adult
  • Family Doctor
  • Crisis Lines: BC Wide 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
  • Hospital Emergency Departments close to your home
  • National Youth Crisis Line: 1-800-442-HOPE (1-800-442-4673)
  • Police or Ambulance 911
  • Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868

Many people think about suicide in their lives

  • Suicide crosses all social, economic and cultural boundaries.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young men aged 15-24 in B.C.
  • Women have a lower rate of death by suicide, but current trends show their attempts are becoming more lethal.
  • A significant percentage of people who complete suicide appeared to be functioning well prior to their death.
  • Four out of five people who complete suicide have previously expressed suicidal thoughts.