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  • Writer's pictureJessica Condon

Breaking the Silence: Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a complex and sensitive topic that can be challenging to discuss. Sometimes, it may even feel taboo to talk about losing a loved one to death by suicide or about your feelings about suicide. This needs to change. We need to start asking for the help that is desperately needed.

I have lost loved ones and peers to death by suicide and experienced the stigma around this type of loss. I did learn that talking can save lives, and my work is centred around this belief.

Reaching out when feeling suicidal can be a lifesaving step, and many resources are available in British Columbia to support those in need. It can feel like there is no help, but asking for help is brave and crucial.


You are not alone: Many people experience suicidal thoughts at some point, and it is a common mental health concern. Reaching out can help you understand that you are not alone and that there are people who can support you. You can reach out to a trusted person in your life, a therapist, or a crisis line.


Help is available: Reaching out can connect you with mental health professionals who can help you navigate your feelings and develop a plan to manage your mental health. Professionals have the skills and expertise to provide guidance and support to help you work through what you are experiencing.


Suicide is preventable: Suicide is preventable, and seeking help is a crucial step in preventing it. Strategies and resources are available to help individuals manage suicidal thoughts and feelings.


It can improve your mental health: Reaching out for help can help you better understand your mental health and identify triggers that may be contributing to your suicidal thoughts. This understanding can be instrumental in helping you develop coping strategies and treatment plans that can improve your mental health.


It can save your life: Most importantly, reaching out when feeling suicidal can save your life. Suicide is a leading cause of death globally, and taking action to prevent it is crucial.


In British Columbia, many resources are available to support individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts. Here are some of the resources available:

  1. Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre: The centre provides 24/7 support and crisis intervention services to individuals in distress. Contact them at 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or online at https://crisiscentre.bc.ca/.

  2. BC Mental Health Support Line: The support line provides confidential and non-judgmental support to individuals in need. Contact them at 310-6789 (no area code required) or online at https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/mental-health-support.

  3. BC Children’s Hospital Mental Health Crisis Line: The crisis line provides support to children and youth up to the age of 18 who are experiencing a mental health crisis. Contact them by phone at 1-800-665-1822 or online at https://www.bcchildrens.ca/mental-health.

  4. Vancouver Island Crisis Line: The crisis line provides 24/7 support to individuals in crisis on Vancouver Island and surrounding areas. You can contact them by phone at 1-888-494-3888 or online at http://www.vicrisis.ca/.

  5. Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre: The centre provides information and resources to individuals and families affected by mental health and substance use challenges. Reach out to them by phone at 1-800-665-1822 or online at https://keltymentalhealth.ca/.

It is essential to remember that you are not alone, help is available, suicide is preventable and seeking support can save your life.

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, don't hesitate to get in touch with one of the resources listed above or seek help from a mental health professional. Remember, there is hope, and there is help available.


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