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What you can do to cope with suicidal thoughts
- Connect with others: If you think that you might do something to hurt yourself, tell someone. Make sure you are around someone you trust. If you live alone, ask a friend or family member to stay with you. Connect with professional help if needed. If you don’t know anyone or can’t reach friends or family members, call your local crisis line. If you feel you are at imminent risk of harming yourself, call 911 or go to the local hospital emergency department.
- Call 416-408-HELP (4357)
- Keep your home safe by getting rid of ways to hurt yourself
- Remember things that have helped in the past
- Get treatment for mental health concerns
- Identify high-risk triggers or situations
- Work on a safety plan
- You can find a safety plan here: Coping With Suicidal Thoughts
- Think of reasons for living
- Self-care: Take good care of yourself, including doing things you enjoy
Things you can do if someone mentions suicidal thoughts
Take any mention of suicide seriously. If someone you know is threatening to complete suicide, get help right away. Caregivers should try to find out whether the person:
- Has the means (e.g. weapon or medicine) available to complete suicide or do harm to another person.
- Has set a time and place to end their life.
- Thinks that there is no other way to end the pain. If a suicide threat seems real, with a specific plan and the means at hand:
- Call a crisis centre or 911.
- Stay with the person, or ask someone you trust to stay with the person until the crisis has passed.
- Encourage the person to seek professional help.
- Don't argue with the person ("It's not as bad as you think") or challenge the person ("You're not the type to commit suicide").
- Tell the person that you don't want him or her to die. Talk about the situation as openly as possible.
You can take steps to prevent a suicide attempt. Be willing to listen, and help the person find help. Don't be afraid to ask "What is the matter?" or bring up the subject of suicide. There is no evidence that talking about suicide leads to suicidal thinking or suicide.
You might find further assistance at one of the following agencies:
Distress and Crisis Ontario