Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in both men and women from adolescence to middle age. In response to societal stigma and negative stereotypes about mental illness, people often conceal symptoms and don’t seek treatment.
We encourage people to be open. Don’t be afraid to talk about mental health and specifically suicide. People do not become more suicidal by talking about it and suicide is not an “idea” you can plant in someone’s head. Individuals are often relieved to be able to talk about how they feel and what they’re going through.
Family information and support groups about mental illnesses are offered regularly during evening hours and are open to the general public. The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre’s Patient and Family Resource Centre has a variety of information that provide a better understanding of mental illnesses and how to manage them.
If you are in immediate danger or experiencing a life-threatening situation, call 911 immediately. If you need urgent medical attention go to your nearest hospital.
There are also a number of local and confidential places to phone. No matter what the problem, you can talk to someone who understands and who wants to help you.
Adults in Crisis
- Mental Health Crisis Line, individuals, families or concerned friends can call 613.722.6914 or the toll free Mental Health Crisis Line at: 1.866.996.0991
- Brockville and counties of Leeds, Grenville and Lanark: toll free 1.866.281.2911
- Pembroke Regional Hospital Mobile Crisis Team: 613.732.3675 ext. 8116
For Youth and Students in Crisis
- Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa 27/7 crisis line: 613.260.2360, 1.877.377.7775 (toll free for Eastern Ontario). Help may include:
- Supportive listening
- Immediate crisis counseling on the phone
- Information on resources and service providers in your community
- Referrals to child and youth service providers in your community
- A home-based intervention (in Ottawa only)
- Short-term follow-up service
- Kids Help Phone Line: 1.800.668.6868
- Ottawa Distress Centre: 613.238.3311
You have made the right choice to look for help. We hope you will contact someone right away.
- Ontario Association for Suicide Prevention, 905.897.9183
- Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, 204.784.4073
- Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, 613.737.7791 — develops and provides public policy advice that promotes mental health and improves the lives of people living with mental illness.
- Centre for Suicide Prevention, 403.245.3900 — an education centre specializing in curriculum development; training programs; library and information services.
- Parents Lifeline of Eastern Ontario – volunteers with lived experience assisting parents and caregivers of children, youth and young adults being treated for mental illness.
- American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (select Facts for Families)
- Community Information Centre of Ottawa: 613.241.4636 – links citizens and organizations with community resources.
- Family Services à la famille, 613.725.3601 – works with individuals, communities, and families in all their forms, who are currently in distress or at risk.
- Know What To Do -- Preventing youth Suicide
Click here for the Preventing Suicide Facebook page
If someone close to you has died by suicide
This is not your fault, no matter what you may think or how you may feel. Sadly, one of the toughest things to cope with after a loss to suicide is a feeling of “What did I miss?” and “I should have, could have, would have…”
Be kind to yourself. Remember that you did the best you could with what you knew at the time. It is normal to feel guilty or to blame yourself, but you are not to blame.
Something positive can come of this loss. Learn from it and reach out to others. Talk about mental health and wellness, learn more about suicide prevention and help reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues and suicide. You may not have been able to prevent this loss, but you can take the difficult learning from it to help make your community safer from suicide in the future.
You are not alone in your loss, and you can get help. Bereaved Families of Ontario Ottawa Chapter (www.bfo-ottawa.org, 613.567.4278) have support groups to help people who have lost a loved one to suicide. This is often a very helpful source of support after surviving the loss of someone you care about to suicide.
Community Suicide Prevention Group
Hospitals, school boards, child and youth agencies and services as well as committed individuals and families have joined together as one suicide prevention and intervention group to better coordinate and respond effectively to the needs of youth. The Community Suicide Prevention Group is working together to share our programs and initiatives on suicide prevention, intervention, postvention and research in the community and to identify the major gaps in information and delivery of services.
- Kids Help Phone Line -- 1.800.668.6868
- Ottawa Distress Centre -- 613.238.3311
- Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) -- 613.737.7600
- Crossroads Children’s Centre -- 613.723.1623 ext.232
- Youth Services Bureau -- 613.729.1000
- Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre -- Youth Program -- 613.722.6521
- Catholic Family Services of Ottawa -- 613.233.8478
- Centre psychosociale pour enfants et familles -- 613.789.2240
- Jewish Family Services of Ottawa -- 613.722.2225
- Main Street Community Services -- 613.831.6606
- Odawa -- 613.722.3811 ext.243
- Ottawa Aboriginal Head Start Program -- 613.744.3133
- The Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre -- 613.744.3133
- Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health -- 613.737.2297
- Wabano Centre for Aboriginal -- 613.749.5999
- Youthnet -- 613.738.3915