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If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, call 1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE).

Recognizing When Someone May Be Thinking About Suicide

Suicide is serious and if you know someone who you believe may be thinking about suicide, the following information can be helpful. Please remember that if you are supporting someone with thoughts of suicide, you must take care of yourself as well.

Talking to someone about suicide can be scary. WALK is a simple acronym that can help you take steps to open up the conversation.

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                                                Some significant losses to look for

                    • Death of a loved one, especially by suicide
                    • A key relationship unraveling or ending
                    • Instability/turmoil at home/in one’s family
                    • A severe change in social status or a sense of belonging
                    • Unemployment, loss of a highly valued ability or activity
                    • Fear of disciplinary action/incarceration/physical violence
                    • Trauma from sexual or other assault
                    • Trauma from serious illness or injury
                    • Major financial/economic loss

                                                    Some attitudes to look for

                    • Depression: Nothing seems important anymore. Life’s a bad joke.
                    • Hopelessness/helplessness: There is nothing I can do to change this.
                    • Purposelessness: There is nothing to live for; there is no point to anything.
                    • Worthlessness: I can’t do anything right. No one cares if I live or die.
                    • Overwhelmed: I can’t stand this anymore. This is way too much for me.
                    • Intense worry/anxiety: Everything is falling apart. Everyone is going to be disappointed in me.
                    • Recklessness/impulsiveness: I don’t care if I break my neck.
                    • Elation: Everything is perfect now! (suddenly, after someone has been in a lot of distress)

                                                    Some behaviours to watch for

                    • Negative social media posts
                    • Increased use of drugs or alcohol
                    • Withdrawal/isolation from once enjoyable people/activities
                    • Risky impulsive activities
                    • Aggressive, violent behaviour; rage/revengeful acts
                    • Decreased or increased performance (school, work, hobbies, sports)
                    • Self-neglect (appearance or hygiene)
                    • Extreme mood swings
                    • Changes in energy level (up or down)
                    • Complaints about health
                    • Difficulty concentrating
                    • Decreased, increased or otherwise disturbed eating and/or sleeping

              Additional Indicators Strongly Associated With Suicidality

                                                     Preparation for Death

                    1. Giving away prized possessions, making a will, settling loose end
                    2. Saying goodbye or talking about going away unexpectedly, or with a sense of finality

                                                     Talking about suicide, death or dying

                    1. Saying things such as ‘Life isn’t worth it…’ or ‘Things would be better if I was gone…’
                    2. Making jokes, poems, drawings or other references to suicide, death or dying
                    3. Sharing/expressing morbid fantasy or plans about dying or death

                                                     Previous unresolved or recent suicide behaviour


We are not responsible for the decisions that someone else makes. However, we are often in the best position to recognize and initiate the first response to someone experiencing a crisis surrounding suicide. 

Youth Support Line

250-564-8336 (text)

A confidential peer support service operated by trained youth answering calls from other youth. Text from 4-10PM or call 24/7.

310Mental Health Line


For emotional support, information and resources specific to mental health. ​

24-Hour Crisis Line


A confidential and non-judgmental crisis line to discuss anything troubling you. If it is a crisis to you, it is a crisis to us. 



If you are considering suicide or are concerned about someone who may be.