How do I know if I need help?
Suicidal thoughts and behaviour can show up differently depending on who you are and what you are going through. Find out about some of the signs that you might need help.
Signs you need urgent help
Please call or text us as soon as possible, if:
- You are having thoughts of ending your life.
- You have thought about the steps you are going to take to end your life or made a plan.
- You feel a loss of hope for the future, or you are experiencing emotional pain that feels hard to bear.
If your life is in danger, please call 911 right away or go to your nearest emergency department.
It might be hard to admit that you are having thoughts of suicide – even to yourself. Remember, there is no shame in talking about suicide. If you are unsure, you can always reach out to us – we are here to listen without judgement.
Other signs you may be struggling
Thoughts and feelings
- Depressed or sad mood
- Emotional pain
- Anxiety or panic
- Angry, irritable, short-tempered or full of rage
- Overwhelmed by negative thoughts, or thinking constantly about something that is stressful
- Guilt or shame
- Like you want to sleep and not wake up
- Confused or struggling to concentrate
- Hearing voices, especially voices that tell you to end your life
- Desperate or trapped, like there is no way out of your situation or as if you have no choice
- Low self-esteem or feeling worthless
- Thinking that others would be better off if you are dead
- Thinking about or preoccupied with death
- Disconnected, lonely or isolated, like there is no one who understands or no one you can reach out to or that you are not wanted or needed by others
- Withdrawing from or avoiding activities or people
- Struggling to communicate with others
- Avoiding friends and loved ones
- Using alcohol or drugs more than usual, or feeling like you need them to cope
- Frequent crying, or showing uncontrollable agitation or anger
- Feeling disconnected from your body or physically numb
- Not being able to sleep or sleeping more than usual
- Change in appetite
- Feeling exhausted
- Unbearable pain
If they don’t happen too often, some of the above signs might be a part of everyday life. But when they become more frequent, more intense, and last for longer, that can be a sign you are struggling and need help.
What can I do?
If this feels like you, you are not alone.
Talk to someone you trustLearn more
If there is someone you feel safe with, try reaching out and tell them how you are feeling. It could be a friend, a family member, an elder or a mentor.
Other ways to copeLearn more
You can find practical tips and resources for when you are struggling on our “ways to cope” page.