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This information just gives the basic facts about suicide. If you need immediate help contact the staff here at YFC/Youth Unlimited or refer to the resources at the bottom of the page.

Suicide is one of the most underestimated community health problems in the world. More people are dying from suicide than in all armed conflicts around the world and about the same or more than those dying from traffic accidents.  Below are some helpful information and action items regarding this serious issue.

Suicide VS Self Harm: Suicide is the intent to die. Self harm is the intent to live.  Many non-fatal suicidal behaviors are written off as just "attention seeking? or "manipulative? behaviors. THIS IS A JUDGEMENT! No cry for help ? no attempt should be dismissed or minimized.

 Warning Signs of Suicide: An untreated depression is the number one cause for suicide. Some of the warning signs of suicide include physical changes (lack of energy, change in weight and/or appetite), behaviors (emotional outbursts, withdrawal, and alcohol/drug misuse), negative thoughts (no future, guilty, helpless, alone, talks of suicide or death) and their sense of what they are feeling (angry, lonely, worthless, sad, disconnected, ashamed).

Things You Should NOT do: If someone is talking to you about suicide, some things you should not do is panic, ignore the issue, act shocked or embarrassed, swear secrecy or tell them to be grateful for what they have.

Risk assessment: Three factors are predictors of the immediate risk of suicide. The three factors are current suicide plan, prior suicidal behavior and resources. (CPR)

Current suicide plan- Finding out the plans he/she has made for suicide will allow both you and the person at risk know how serious they are.

Prior suicidal behavior- the more often a person has resorted to suicide attempts, the more likely they will eventually die from suicide.One question to ask the person at risk could be, "Have you ever attempted suicide before?? Remember, people typically won?t tell you about their previous suicidal behavior without some help.

Resources- Support systems can sustain an individual during stressful periods in life. Resources must be available, accessible and acceptable.Some resources may consist of family/friends and professional help. Some professional resources include:

Parents help line: 1-888-603-9100
Community mental health services:
Belleville: (613) 967-4734
Trenton: (613)394-1655
Picton: (613) 476-7413
Counseling Services of Belleville and District: (613) 966-7413
Suicide Survivors Kingston: (613) 549-7027

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