Prevent suicide

You may be concerned that someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts. You may be thinking about suicide yourself. You are not alone.

UBC’s Suicide Awareness Day is January 25. Find out how you can help prevent suicide.

Help prevent suicide: Reach out

Step 1: Know the warning signs

Contact a mental health professional or call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) immediately if you or someone you know exhibits one or more of the following:

  • threatening to hurt or kill themselves, or talking of wanting to hurt or kill themselves,
  • looking for ways to kill themselves by trying to get firearms, pills, or other potentially lethal instruments, and/or
  • talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide (if these are out of the ordinary for the person).

Contact a mental health professional or call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) as soon as possible if you are concerned about someone who exhibits one or more of the following:

  • experiencing overwhelming emotional pain and hopelessness,
  • feeling hopeless,
  • feeling rage or uncontrolled anger, and seeking revenge,
  • acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking,
  • feeling trapped, as if there were “no way out”,
  • using alcohol or drugs increasingly,
  • withdrawing from friends, family, and society,
  • experiencing anxiety, agitation, or sleeplessness, or sleeping all the time,
  • having dramatic mood changes, and/or
  • feeling that there is no reason for living and having no sense of purpose in life.

Find out more: read research about the risk factors, warning signs, and drivers of suicide or discover UBC initiatives and research that aim to prevent suicide.


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