• Be observant and know the warning signs of suicide – pay attention to your suspicions and trust your judgement.
  • Monitor your child’s online Internet and chat room activities, text messages, etc. Sometimes children will pass their negative thoughts and worries to others.
  • Offer your support and listen carefully and openly to your child. Do not judge them. They need to feel respected by you, and to see you are taking their problems seriously.
  • Don’t make promises you can’t keep. Unfulfilled promises could trigger further suicidal behaviour.
  • Ask your child directly about suicide (i.e. “Have you thought about suicide?”) Ask for details if they say yes to determine the level of risk your child is at, and what level of support they need. (For more tips on how to talk to your child, visit: http://ww3.suicideinfo.ca/Default.aspx?tabid=718)
  • Get help for your child and for your family, and show them where they can get help for themselves (i.e. "If you feel really sad and depressed, and don’t want to talk to me, please call the youth crisis line."). There is a wide array of mental health and suicide resources in B.C. for parents and for youth.
  • If your child is at high-risk of suicide, don’t leave him/her alone, and safety-proof your home by limiting access to items like firearms, drugs/medication, ropes, knives, etc.

If you are having thoughts of suicide or of hurting yourself or others, please reach out immediately for help. Call 9-1-1 (or your local police or authority, if you do not have 9-1-1) or go to your nearest hospital emergency room.

If you are being bullied, feeling alone or just need to talk to someone who will listen, please reach out to a trained volunteer or professional:



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