Suicide

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Suicide

Prevalence
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death for people between the ages of 15-24. 23% of deaths within this age group are a result of suicide. Individuals with other serious mental health issues are at greater risk of suicide, but it can affect anyone, regardless of mental wellness. 51% of U of A respondents in the NCHA study felt that things were hopeless at some point in time; 7% seriously considered suicide. It is a common and very prevalent issue for our campus community.

Signs
People experiencing suicidal thoughts may show this in a variety of different ways. The following are a few of the different ways a person may be showings signs of suicidal thinking:

  • Increased reckless behaviour

  • Withdrawing themselves

  • Discussing the idea of wanting to die

  • Feeling hopeless

  • Feeling unbearable pain

  • Loss of interest in things one cares about

  • Setting one’s affairs in order

These are only a few of the ways suicidal thinking may present itself in a person.

What should I know/What can I do?
Many times, people experiencing suicidal thoughts may be feeling ambivalent about killing themselves. They may not want to die; instead, they may just want the pain they are feeling to end, and they see no other way. As well, people experiencing suicidal thoughts may feel as if there is no one around who cares about them, even if there are people who would be willing to help. Reach out to someone, seek help!

Common Resources

Counseling and Clinical Services

Peer Support Centre

UHC Psychiatric Nurse

The Support Network/Distress Line

AHS Community Urgent Services and Stabilization Team

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Contact

Help Line

780-492-HELP
(780-492-4357)

Phone

780-492-4268

Fax

780-492-7267

Email
psc@su.ualberta.ca

Hours

Monday to Friday
Spring/Summer:
9:00am - 5:00pm
Fall/Winter:
9:00am - 8:00pm

Address

Peer Support Centre
Room 2-707
Students' Union Building
University of Alberta
8900 - 114 Street NW
Edmonton, AB
T6G 2J7