If you’re having suicidal thoughts, it’s probably because you are feeling an excessive amount of pain that seems insurmountable. These thoughts are a warning sign that you need to take seriously. There is help available. Talking to someone like a friend, family member or counsellor about what you are thinking and experiencing is an important step. Together, you can find the support you need to reduce your distress and find ways to get better.
You are important, and even if it’s hard to believe right now, life has happy moments in store for you; that’s why you have to talk, to ask for help.
There are counsellors who specialize in suicide prevention who can listen to you. These people work in places such as suicide prevention centres, CLSCs, CISSS/CIUSSS and psychologist’s offices. You can also talk to a school counsellor, a doctor, etc. That will allow you to:
Remember that there is help and that there definitely are ways to reduce your pain, even if you don’t know how to right now. Suicide is an irreversible act, yet the problems are temporary. With support, you can get through this distressing moment in your life.
You can talk to a counsellor anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That person will listen to you respectfully and openly, answer your questions and be able to help you.
Suicide prevention centres and local organizations
Talking about suicide saves lives – Dave Morissette, 2019
Talking about suicide saves lives – Érick Légaré, 2019
Talking about suicide saves lives – Lucas Philip Alcantara, 2018
Talking about suicide saves lives – Marc-André Dufour, 2018
Ways of helping you talk about your suicidal thoughts