How to help someone thinking of suicide
You can help someone who is suicidal:
- Remain non-judgmental
- Listen to the person experiencing these feelings
- Give the person your full attention
- Take any suicide threat seriously
- If you are unsure someone is thinking of suicide, ask them. If you don’t feel comfortable, find someone who can ask.
- Do not keep someone’s thought of suicide a secret, reach out for help
- Help refer the person to appropriate resources both on and off campus
Signs that someone may be suicidal:
- Threats of suicide
- Loss of interest in favourite activities
- Statements like: “I can’t take this anymore”
- Giving away possessions
- Extreme behaviour changes
- Disturbed sleep, physical health complaints
- Feelings of depression, hopelessness, sadness, anger
What resources are available?
- Counselling & Clinical Services, 2-600 SUB, 780-492-5205
- Community Social Work Team, 780-492-3342
- Interfaith Chaplains Centre, 780-492-0339
- Helping Individuals at Risk, 780-492-4372
HIAR is a resource for those supporting someone at risk of harm to self.
- Peer Support Centre, 2-707 SUB, 780-492-4357
- U of A Protective Services, Education Car Park, 780-492-5050
- University Health Centre 2-200 SUB, 780-492-2612
- Distress Line (24/7), 780-482-4357 (HELP)
If there is immediate risk of harm to self or others, phone 911.