Youth Suicide: What you need to know

Suicide is defined as intentional, self-inflicted death. Experts in the field suggest that a person considering suicide is likely feeling so much pain and hopelessness that they can see no other option, other than death. They may even view suicide as the solution to a problem. Suicidal ideas and actions may be related to a mental health problem (like depression, anxiety, substance abuse). If identified, and support and treatment are provided, the mental health problem can often be resolved. Most people who think of suicide do not want to die; they are in desperate need of support and help.

Suicides are also rarely the result of one single event. There are usually many contributing factors and events that have occurred or developed over a period of time, with one “trigger” event leading to thoughts or acts of suicide.

All talk of suicide or signs of suicidal behaviour must be taken seriously. Seek the help of a mental health professional immediately – or, if your child needs help immediately because they are in imminent danger of hurting him/herself, go to the emergency room at your nearest hospital or call 9-1-1 (or your local police or authority, if you do not have 9-1-1).

Suicide can be prevented through the promotion of positive mental health in schools, homes and communities, and early identification and intervention for those at risk.

Warning Signs

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What do I do?

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Reducing the risk of suicide

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Suicide and Mental Health Resources

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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:



Resources for Parents

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Resources for Youth

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If you need help, please reach out to someone you trust, like a parent, friend or teacher. Or, you can reach out to someone who doesn’t know you for support. There is a list of youth-oriented support lines and websites on this site just for you.

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