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If you find yourself in the midst of a crisis or feeling overwhelmed, remember that you are not alone. There are caring individuals ready to offer support and lend a listening ear. Your well-being matters, and reaching out to crisis and suicide prevention resources for help is a brave and important step.

Please consider contacting one of the crisis and suicide prevention phone numbers provided below. These helplines are staffed by compassionate professionals who are trained to provide assistance and guidance during difficult times. They are there to listen, offer resources, and help you find the support you need:

Crisis and Suicide Prevention Phone/Text Numbers

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Canada: Talk Suicide Canada

Hotline: 1-833-456-4566

Text: 45645

Website: talksuicide.ca

United States: 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Hotline: 988

Text: 988

Website: 988lifeline.org

The Trevor Project

Hotline: 1-866-488-7386

Text: 678-678

Website: https://www.thetrevorproject.org

Canada: Kids Help Phone

Hotline: 1-800-668-6868 (24/7 helpline)

Text Service: Text "CONNECT" to 686868 (24/7)

Website: kidshelpphone.ca

Trans Lifeline (United States and Canada)

Hotline: (US) 877-565-8860 (CA) 877-330-6366

Website: translifeline.org

Remember, it’s okay to ask for help. You are not alone, and there are people who genuinely care about your well-being. Reach out to these helplines, confide in a trusted friend or family member, or speak to a mental health professional. Your feelings are valid, and there is hope for brighter days ahead.

You matter, and your journey to healing and support begins with a simple phone call or text. You have the strength within you to seek the assistance you deserve.

What to do if You Suspect a Friend or Loved One is in Crisis

If you suspect that a friend or loved one may be in crisis; it’s essential to be vigilant and provide support. Recognizing the warning signs of someone who may be suicidal is crucial. Look for these common indicators:

  1. Persistent sadness or hopelessness
  2. Withdrawal from activities and social interactions
  3. Drastic changes in mood or behaviour
  4. Talking about death, dying, or suicide
  5. Giving away belongings or making final arrangements
  6. Expressing feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  7. Increased substance abuse
  8. Sudden improvement after a period of depression (this can indicate a decision to attempt suicide)

What to do if Someone Confides in you About Their Intentions to Hurt Themself

If someone confides in you about their intentions to hurt themself, it’s essential to take their feelings seriously. Here’s what you can do to support them:

  1. Stay calm and show empathy: Listen actively and validate their feelings without judgment. Let them know that you care and that they’re not alone.
  2. Encourage open communication: Allow them to express their thoughts and emotions. Reassure them that it’s okay to seek help and that their well-being is important.
  3. Encourage professional help: Suggest contacting a mental health professional or one of the crisis hotlines mentioned earlier. Offer to assist them in finding the necessary resources or accompany them to appointments, if appropriate.
  4. Ensure their safety: If they’re in immediate danger or have a detailed plan to harm themselves, don’t leave them alone. Remove any potential means of self-harm and reach out to emergency services for assistance.


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Remember, this guide is not a substitute for professional help. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please seek immediate assistance from a qualified mental health professional or contact one of the crisis helplines mentioned earlier. They are equipped to provide the appropriate support and guidance during difficult times.