Support for those caring for someone who is suicidal. Suicide Caregiver Support Services
Caring about someone who has attempted suicide or is of risk of suicide can be stressful. It can feel like a lot of pressure on you to always be there for that person. It’s important that you have support during these difficult times. At the Canadian Mental Health Association – Edmonton Region we have an experienced team of supportive individuals that can help ease the weight you feel as a caregiver.
How do I know if someone is considering suicide? People at risk may:
- make threats, talk of, or joke about dying
- make final arrangements, give away possessions, say good-bye
- appear depressed/an or withdrawn
- take unnecessary risks
- show a sudden change in behaviour, attitudes or appearance. Sometimes people at risk for suicide suddenly appear happy…as if relieved
- have attempted suicide in the past
- withdrawn from family and friends
- express feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
If I think someone is considering suicide, how can I help?
- ask directly if they have thoughts or plans of ending their life
- try to listen without judgment
- encourage reaching out for help: offer to accompany the person at risk for a crisis walk-in session or to the closest hospital emergency department
- don’t keep someone’s suicidal thoughts a secret
- get others involved, never try to help by yourself…it takes a group of caring people, including professionals, to keep someone at risk safe
Suicide Caregiver Support Services offer information packages and face-to-face sessions to provide:
- information and support about suicide
- information and support around caring for yourself during this difficult time
All services offered by the caregiver support program are free and confidential. To make an appointment or for more information please call 780-414-6300.
Suicide Caregiver Support Online Resources
What Can I Do? Information for People Who Love Someone at risk for Suicide or Who has Survived an Attempt (published by the Canadian Mental Health Association)