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What to do if you are feeling suicidal

It might seem like you can’t see a way out or imagine when things will not feel as bad as they are right now. Talking about how you are feeling and letting others know might seem overwhelming and you might think that no one will understand. But, when you reach out, you will be able to find help and know that you aren’t alone. Many other youth have had really difficult times in life. These young people who may have felt suicidal have gotten through the tough times with renewed hope, purpose and meaning in life.

Things you can do if you feel suicidal

  • Talk to someone you trust about your thoughts and feelings (Elders, parents, aunts, uncles, teachers, counsellors, and/or friends)
  • Call a 24 hour help number (Kids Help Phone, Mental Health Helpline, or the Bullying Helpline). The Get Help tab on this page can direct you to resources to assist you as well as the Emergency Numbers page on the Home page of MyHealthAlberta.
  • Talk to your school counsellor, or your family doctor or another health professional who can refer you to counselling.
  • Talk to someone at a community agency or a member of your faith organization.
  • Recognize that you are in a difficult place right now, and it’s not going to be like this forever. Don’t make any major decisions right now, seek support to get you through the crisis you are feeling.
  • If you are unsure who to call, call 811 to get some assistance
  • Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department if the person you are worried about has hurt themselves

It is important to know that as alone as you may feel at times, or when you feel you do not know what to do, there are people who care about you and who want to help you.

Remember, if you talk to someone and feel like nothing is changing and you still need help, ask someone else until you get the help you need.​​

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