Public health officials say mental illness and suicide is a major public health concern, but there are resources available for people contemplating taking their own life, or for friends and family concerned about someone.
Suicide is a complex issue, and there is not one common element that triggers the feelings of helplessness and desperation.
“There is help, you can get out of it,” said CJAD’s On-Call host Dr. Sydney Miller. “The levels of depression and anxiety in society are very high, so you are very normal.”
It’s normal to go through issues, he added.
“As long as you have some thought in your mind, that ‘maybe this could get better’,” Miller suggested. “You’re more likely to seek out help.”
For family or friends concerned about a loved one going through tough times, reaching out can be the lifeline that person needs.
“You need to reach out,” Miller said. “You don’t want to come in judgemental, you want to come in supportive, make them feel you’re not criticizing what they’re going through.”
There can be signs when someone is heading into trouble, like withdrawing from social circles, aggressivity, irratability, and feeling discouraged.
Here are some resources to get help:
In the case of emergency, you can always call 9-1-1.
Suicide Action Montreal: 514 723-4000 or 1-866-APPELLE(277-3553)
Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Ami Quebec also has a long list of crisis intervention centres, available here.