Suicide is the act of intentionally taking your own life. Help is available for you or others, and suicide is not the only option.
What is suicide?
Suicide means a person intentionally takes their own life. Some people who end their lives may not want to do so, but they may feel like suicide is the only option that allows them to escape the immense pain and challenges in their life.
No one should feel like suicide is their only option. Suicide can be prevented. If you are feeling helpless or hopeless, help is available. You do not have to suffer alone.
Certain groups may be more at risk for suicide. Learn about who is most at risk and some risk factors for suicide.
Things that may help to prevent suicide
Before someone takes their own life, there can be warning signs. Sometimes these signs may be difficult to see or recognize. Find out warning signs of suicide in children and youth and in older adults that can help you support your loved ones.
If someone you know is thinking about suicide, they may withdraw, feel hopeless, or behave in a reckless way. Know what to look for.
If you think that a loved one or someone you care about may be considering suicide, it’s important to ask them directly. Even if you aren’t sure if they are showing warning signs for suicide, it’s still okay to ask – it could save their life. Learn how to ask.
How to find help
If you or someone you know is planning to hurt themselves, thinking about ending their own life, or is experiencing suicidal thoughts or ideas, reach out for help immediately.
There are resources available to help you and others stay safe. These supports are confidential. There are many places to get help. You can feel better.
- In an emergency, call 9-1-1, or go to a hospital emergency room.
- In a crisis, call 1-800-SUICIDE at 1-800-784-2433 anytime of the day or night.
- Call 310-Mental Health at 310-6789 (no area code needed) anytime of the day or night for emotional support or information on mental health resources or services.
- Learn about resources and information for youth.
- Find more life-saving supports.
What to do if you have experienced a loss
It is a very painful experience to lose someone to suicide. If a loved one or someone you know has died by suicide, there are things that can help you cope. You can contact the BC Bereavement Helpline at 1-877-779-2223, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. You are not alone.
If you have self-harmed need immediate help or if you have thoughts about hurting yourself or someone else, call 9-1-1, or go to a hospital emergency room.
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Call 1-800-SUICIDE if you are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including thoughts of suicide. Free and confidential help.
KUU-US Crisis Response Service
Culturally safe crisis support for Indigenous youth and adults in B.C.
Kids Help Phone
Free counselling, information and referrals for young people by phone, text and online in both English and French.
BC Bereavement Helpline
Free and confidential phone service that connects people to grief support services in B.C.
Urgent and Primary Care Centres
Urgent and Primary Care Centres (UPCCs) provide access to same-day, urgent, non-emergency health care.