Whether you know someone who is having a hard time, someone who has recently attempted suicide and survived, or someone who has lost a loved one to suicide, there is lots you can do to help.
By showing up and reaching out, you’re taking a big step towards supporting your loved one.
It can be helpful to gain a basic understanding of suicide and suicide prevention, to break down any stigma and dissolve any myths about suicide you may hold as beliefs.
Suicide is complex and multi-faceted.
“Suicide is an attempt to solve a problem of intense emotional pain with impaired problem solving skills.” Judith Springer, 2011
Read our guide on Understanding Suicide Prevention: A Handbook for Family Members and Caregivers here >
Check out some FAQ’s about suicide and suicide prevention here >
Supporting someone who is struggling or who has attempted
Read our page on Supporting someone you love when they’re struggling here >
Learn the Risk Factors and Warning Signs for Suicide here >
Read our page on what to do if you think someone you know is at risk for suicide here >
Link the person you are supporting to resources – Don’t try to support them alone!
Attend an Education / Support session for family members / caregivers – information about some in the region here >
Read about how you can support someone after their suicide attempt here >
Supporting someone grieving a suicide loss
Learn about coping with suicide loss here >
Read our Grief FAQ here >
Read our page about supporting someone who is grieving here >