Sept. 10 was World Suicide Prevention Day.
Members of the Rainy River District OPP would like to remind the public that if you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, help is available.
Warning signs that may suggest someone is at risk of suicide include thinking or talking about suicide and having a plan for suicide.
Other signs and behaviours that might suggest someone is at risk of suicide include:
- withdrawal from family, friends, or activities;
- feeling like you have no purpose in life or reason for living;
- increasing substance use, like drugs and alcohol;
- feeling trapped or that there's no other way out of a situation;
- feeling hopeless about the future or feeling like life will never get better;
- talking about being a burden to someone or about being in unbearable pain; and
- anxiety or significant mood changes, such as anger, sadness, or helplessness.
If you need to talk, and you are not feeling yourself, are experiencing a crisis, have emotional pain, or know someone who needs help, reach out and get help.
Here are some resources available 24 hours a day, seven days a week:
- the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or 9-1-1 in an emergency;
- the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 to speak to a counsellor, access live chat via www.kidshelphone.ca/live_chat/ or download the “Always There” app for android or iPhone; and
- the LifeLine app, available for free on Android and iPhone, gives you instant access to online chat, text and e-mail crisis help, and e-counselling, and includes information about crisis centres in Canada and beyond.
You may visit the following websites for more information:
- the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention at https://suicideprevention.ca/More-on-suicide-prevention;
- Distress and Crisis Ontario at http://www.dcontario.org/links.html; and
- the LifeLine Canada Foundation at https://thelifelinecanada.ca/lifeline-canada-foundation/lifeline-app/