KNOW WHAT TO DO – Preventing Youth Suicide

CSPN Logo - EnglishKNOW WHAT TO WATCH FOR

  • Changes in behaviours, friends, or normal activities
  • Changes in physical health and/or hygiene
  • Low energy, poor concentration
  • Declining school performance
  • Increased absenteeism
  • Marked personality change
  • Increased risky behaviour
  • Prolonged negative mood or attitude
  • Preoccupation with appearance and/or body image
  • Comments about feeling worthless, helpless, or hopeless
  • Comments about suicide and/or dying

 

KNOW WHAT TO DO

  • If there is an emergency, call 911 or go to the hospital
  • Call a local crisis line (even if you are not the person in crisis)
  • Stay calm and listen
  • Be sensitive to how the person is feeling
  • Never swear secrecy
  • If you have noticed warning signs, talk with the person about what you have observed
  • Educate yourself on local services that can help
  • For students, contact school principal and school counsellor
  • Give the person the crisis line phone numbers listed below
  • Don’t forget to take care of yourself – it’s especially important when supporting others!

 

KNOW WHAT TO SAY

  •  Say something! don’t be afraid of sounding clumsy
  •  Be patient, compassionate, and non-judgmental
  •  Ask the person how they are feeling and if they are thinking about suicide
  •  If someone is suicidal, talking about suicide will not put them at greater risk
  •  Really listen. Give 100% of your attention
  • Be sensitive, but direct
  • Let the person know you are concerned, and give examples of why
  • Example: “I’ve noticed that you’ve been not yourself lately, I’m concerned about you. Could we talk about it?”

 

YSB’s 24/7 Crisis Line

– Within Ottawa: 613-260-2360

– Outside Ottawa: 1-877-377-7775 (toll-free)

www.ysb.ca (1 to 18 years)

 

Crisis Line

– Within Ottawa: 613-722-6914

– Outside Ottawa: 1-866-996-0991 (toll-free)

www.crisisline.ca (16 years and above)

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