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Children and Youth with Thoughts of Suicide: Guide for Parents and Caregivers
What is Suicide? Suicide is the act of ending one's life. People can get thoughts about committing suicide for many reasons, such as when a person is under so many stresses that they become overwhelmed and cannot cope.     Typical stresses may include: Home stress, such as conflict/disgreements with mother, father, siblings... School stress such as problems with friends, schoolwork, teachers, bullies... Work stress such as problems with co-workers, bosses, workload... Other problems such as depression, anxiety, substance use People can feel suicidal when they feel 1) disconnected from other ...
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Coping with Thoughts of Suicide: Youth Edition
Many youth will have thoughts of suicide. These thoughts can range from simply wishing for the pain to end, all the way to taking steps to seriously harming themselves. People who have thoughts of suicide often struggle with distress for a long time. They consider death as one option for stopping their pain. Others might have a sudden urge when they live a moment they find difficult to accept.    When we asked youth about suicide:   Guys told us... 1 out of every 7 or 8 guys said they had thoughts of suicide in the past; About 1 in every 15 guys said they had current thoughts ...
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My Safety Plan
My triggers What are my top triggers or stresses?  How can I manage my triggers or stresses?                 My Warning Signs What are my warning signs that tell me I’m starting to get overwhelmed? (for example, withdrawing from others or sleeping more)     Thoughts (for example, thinking negative dark thoughts; that things will never get better; about ways to harm yourself)     Emotions (example: starting to feel hopeless, guilty or angry)     Body sensations (example: a racing ...
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Self-Harm: Information for Adults
What is self-harm? Self-harm is when people purposely try to hurt themselves. Common ways of self-harm include: Self-cutting Scratching or burning one's skin "Minor" overdosing of medications (taking excess amounts of medications but not enough to kill oneself) Head banging (banging one's head against a wall).Who Self-Harms? People of all ages may self-harm, though self-injury behaviours start on average at age 15, and is most commonly seen in teenagers and young adults.  Why do people self-harm? It is believed that people self-harm in order to cope or deal with some stress. Some of ...
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Suicide
Introduction Suicide is not a topic most people want to talk about; but odds are you know someone who has attempted or died by suicide. Maybe you’ve even lost a friend, family member or coworker to suicide. At last count, 3613 people in Canada took their own lives. That’s more lives lost than from traffic accidents and murders combined that year. Suicide has been called a “hidden epidemic,” it’s time to take it out of the shadows. Who does it affect? Studies show that up to 90% of people who take their own lives have depression, substance use problems or another mental disorder—whether diagnosed or ...
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