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Crisis Services Canada

Know what to look for:

Talk or threats to harm oneself

Looking for a way to kill oneself

Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide

It's scary when a friend or loved one is thinking about suicide, and it can be intimidating to identify a suicidal crisis and know how to respond.

We can offer additional help if someone you care about is struggling.

Less obvious signs that could mean someone is at risk:

Increased substance use (alcohol or drug)

Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness; no sense of purpose in life

Anxiety, agitation or uncontrolled anger

Unable to sleep or sleeping all of the time

Feelings of being trapped– like there’s no way out

Withdrawal from friends, family and society

Acting recklessly or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking

Dramatic mood changes

Local Resources & Support

We want to ensure that no matter where you live in Canada, support is never far away. Browse our database to find additional support resources in your region.

What you can do

Don’t ignore the signs, trust your judgement. Research shows that talking about suicide doesn’t increase the likelihood that someone will kill themselves... in fact, connecting with someone that cares can make all the difference.
Call us toll-free any time at 1.833.456.4566, or text us at 45645 between 4PM-12AM ET. We can prepare you to provide support, make a plan to ensure the safety of the individual, and connect you to additional resources for professional help. CSPS responders are also trained to speak directly to the third-party, should you have concerns about assessing risk and providing support yourself.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911.

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