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What to do if your loved one has made a suicide attempt

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Thank you for supporting your friend or family member who is in crisis. It can be frightening to learn of a loved one’s suicide attempt. It can be difficult to know what to do next or how to provide support. This page will give you information about suicide and resources to help support you and your loved one. Please remember you are not alone. Reach out to local services whenever you need to.

Using this booklet:

Download a PDF of this booklet (opens in a new window) or read it online by using the navigation links at the bottom of each page.

Suicide prevention resources »

  1. Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
  2. International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) 

Read stories of hope from real people about their struggles with mental illness and addiction by visiting

More suicide prevention resources can be found online at

If you need help in an emergency, please call 911 or visit your local emergency department. If you’re feeling like you’re in crisis or need somebody to talk to, please know that help is also available through community resources:

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