Just by talking and listening, a friend or acquaintance can help a young person see that suicide is not the best choice for dealing with a seemingly insurmountable problem.
A little yellow card distributed by the Williams Lake Suicide and Sudden Death team is a quick reference for recognizing signs of suicide and knowing actions to take.
• Talks or jokes about wanting to die.
• Deliberately injures him/herself.
• Appears depressed and withdrawn.
• Threatens suicide.
• Shows changes in behaviour, appearance or mood.
• Abuses drugs and alcohol.
• Makes final arrangements such as giving away prized possessions.
• Takes risks.
• There has been a previous attempt.
• Sudden happiness after a prolonged depression (may mean that the person has made a decision to commit suicide).
You can help
Ask: Are you suicidal? — yes, take action; no, support and listen.
Will you make me a promise you won’t do anything until you talk to someone you trust? — Yes — who would you be comfortable talking to? — No: phone the Crisis Line 1-888-353-2273.
Support, listen and tell someone — don’t keep it a secret.
Remember these ABC’s
Act now! (do not wait).
Be supportive and listen.
Call for help — stay with your friend.
The little brochure can easily be tucked into a wallet and also give numbers for emergency responders Crisis Line 1-888-353-2273; Ambulance, 250-392-5402, toll free 1-800-461-9911; Hospital 250-392-4411, Gateway, 250-302-3261, or 1-855-302-3261.