How to help others

Thoughts about suicide must always be taken seriously.

Ask about it

It’s okay to ask someone if they are thinking about suicide. Asking about suicide and talking about difficult feelings is not going to increase the risk of someone attempting to harm themselves or dying by suicide.

The majority of people who feel suicidal exhibit warning signs. They want and need help.

Let the person know that you support them

Let them know that they are not alone, and that help is available. You may have had difficulties too; however, don’t assume you understand their experience.

Encourage the person to see a health professional

Encourage them to see a counsellor or another health professional, such as their doctor.

Offer to accompany them. If they are uncomfortable or unable to communicate what they’re experiencing, offer to help them speak with the counsellor or doctor.

Call crisis lines

Provide the person with information on crisis lines. Crisis lines are free and confidential 24-hour distress lines that provide non-judgmental support and resources.

Make sure to communicate that getting help is not weak and there are people who want to help

Many people will deny that they need help, believing that they should be able to cope on their own, but this is a false and harmful belief; true strength is admitting that you need help.

Access resources

Reach out: Discover resources that can help.

Become a QPR Gatekeeper

Attend QPR Gatekeeper suicide prevention training and help prevent suicide.