Facts About Suicide
- People who talk about suicide, do it.
- About 80% of the time, people who kill themselves or try to harm themselves have given out definite signals or talked to someone about it.
- People who are suicidal do not want to die.
- Most don't really want to die. They just want to stop the pain.
- Suicide does not discriminate.
- Suicide can affect males and females, young and old, all cultures, all incomes, and all educational backgrounds.
- Talking about suicide is one of the best things that a person can do.
- You do not give a person ideas about suicide by talking about it. You are giving someone the opportunity to talk openly about their feelings and you show them that you care and want to help.
- Those who talk about suicide or try to hurt themselves need to be taken seriously.
- Suicide is a cry for help. It may be their only way of letting you know how bad they feel.
Recognize the signals. If someone you know is...
- Increasingly isolated
- Giving away prized possessions
- Doing poorly in school or at work
- Making statements about wanting to die
- Acting in an aggressive manner
- Taking unnecessary risks
- Threatening to commit suicide
- Suddenly happy for no reason after long depression
- Abusing drugs and/or alcohol
You Can Help!
- Ask the person if he/she ever felt unhappy for a long time and assure him/her that things can change
- Be especially concerned if the person uses drugs and/or alcohol because hi/her judgment may be impaired
- Ask if the person has suicidal thoughts
- Give the person the CHIMO provincial help-line number (1-800-667-5005) and make sure the person calls
- Stay with the person. Do something together
- If the person is suicidal and refuses to get help, tell a responsible adult or someone you trust as soon as possible
- Make specific plans to see the person the next day so he/she has a reason to hang on for one more day
24 Hour Service:
Crisis Line 1-888-DISTRES or (519) 336-3000
Bluewater Health Hospital 519-464-4400
Kid's Help Line 1-800-668-6868
Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans Youth Line 1-800-268-9688
Lambton Mental Health Crisis Service (519) 336-3445 or 1 800-307-4319
Family Counselling Centre Distress Line 1-888-347-8737
Weekday (Office Hours)
Aamjiwaang First Nation (519) 336-8410
Canadian Mental Health Association (for education and information) (519) 337-5411
Kettle and Stoney Point Health Centre (519) 786-5647
Lambton Kent District School Board (519) 336-1500
Lambton County Roman Catholic Separate School Board (519) 627-6762
Family Counselling Centre (519) 336-0120 ext. 244 or 257
Lambton County Addiction Services (519) 464-4500 ext.5370
North Lambton Social Services Centre (519) 786-4545
Survivors of Suicide Support Group (519) 344-8095
Sarnia Lambton Suicide Prevention Committee (226) 932-6101
St. Clair Child and Youth Services (519) 337-3701
Victim Services of Sarnia Lambton (519) 344-8861 ext 5238 or 1-888-281-3665 ext. 5238