15 Suicide Prevention Facts and Tips

Wood's Homes, children, youth, bullying

By  Community Resource Team, Wood’s Homes

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and September 10 World Suicide Prevention Day.

Here are some facts and tips to help you be better prepared to do your part and help prevent death by suicide.

Facts About Suicide:

  1. Suicide is preventable!
  2. Suicide is one of the Top 10 leading causes of death.
  3. Every day, about 11 Canadians complete suicide: Another 210 will attempt to kill themselves.
  4. More females attempt suicide, but males are more likely to die from suicide.
  5. 4 out of 5 people who complete suicide have made at least one previous attempt.
  6. Suicide happens to people of all ages, ethnicities, economic backgrounds and other social boundaries.
  7. Most people who attempt suicide do not want to die. They are immersed in emotional pain and are not able to handle an overwhelming situation.
  8. Speaking with someone about suicide will not make them want to take their life.
  9. Suicide victims think about suicide before completing the act – they usually provide warning signs to those around them.


Suicide Prevention Tips:

  1. Remember, someone who is suicidal is not able to effectively solve problems while they are experiencing intense emotions.
  2. Never agree to keep someone’s suicidal thoughts a secret. They may get mad at you for telling, but it is more important that you help them! Let them know their safety is your No. 1 concern because you care about them.
  3. Being kind and sincere while asking about suicide could be the beginning of an immediate intervention.
  4. Listening to someone as they express the emotions they are feeling can provide them with relief. Hearing someone’s reasons for wanting to end their life could help to save their life.
  5. Don’t be afraid to ask that very hard question: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?”
  6. Talking about suicide can be very uncomfortable and scary, so it is important to remember to get assistance from professionals.



Suicide Prevention Resources:

Wood’s Homes Community Resource Team:

403-299-9699 – 24/7 Crisis Line

1-800-563-6106 – Toll-free

587-315-5000 – Crisis Text

woodshomes.ca/crisis – Crisis chat


Eastside Family Centre:

Free walk-in single-session counselling:

#255, 495 36 St. N.E., Calgary, Alberta


Monday- Thursday 11 a.m.to 7 p.m.

Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Suicide Prevention Line:

1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE)


Distress Centre Calgary:

403-266-4357 (403-266-HELP)

Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your friends, family and community – let’s work together!

If you are experiencing a crisis and need to speak to someone, please call our counsellors at our 24/7 Crisis Counselling Line: 403-299-9699 or toll-free: 1-800-563-6106.

Wood’s Homes is a nationally accredited mental health centre – proudly helping communities for over 100 years. Learn more at woodshomes.ca.

2 thoughts on “15 Suicide Prevention Facts and Tips

  1. I have a friend who has been really depressed lately, so thanks for the tips on preventing suicide. I agree with your point about how you should never keep someones suicidal thoughts a secret. If things continue to get worse, I’ll definitely look for help from others. Thanks for sharing.


  2. I think more awareness needs to be said for teenagers who attempt suicide but fail and now he or she is living with the consequences. It not only effects them as it is so heart breaking and gut wrenching for the mother and father and siblings to some how have to cope and some how move forward in there own lives.
    I am a mom and this has happened to me..if anyone wishes to talk to me you can email me at…debblyschuk@hotmail.com



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