Suicide and Self Harm

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Getting Help

If you or someone you know is planning to take their own life or may be at risk due to the injuries of self harming behaviour, there are resources available to help keep them or you safe. The following resources are available in B.C. to provide support to you and your loved ones.

In an Emergency

Call 9-1-1 anytime of the day or night if you or someone you know is:

  • trying to end your or their own life,
  • feeling or experiencing something that you know is not real, or
  • experiencing a drug, medication or alcohol overdose or taking a dangerous combination of these.

In a Crisis

Call 1-800-SUICIDE at 1-800-784-2433 anytime of the day or night if you or someone you know:

  • is thinking about ending their own life, or
  • needs someone to talk to about suicidal thoughts or ideas.

In Need of Support

Call 310-Mental Health at 310-6789 (no area code needed) anytime of the day or night if you:

  • need emotional support to deal with a concern or feeling, or
  • are looking for information on mental health resources or services.

YouthinBC.com chat every day from noon to 1am Pacific Time for online real-time support, or call 604-872-3311 anytime of the day or night for:

  • assistance connecting with support, information and resources for youth, or
  • if you have questions about abuse, bullying, disordered eating, drugs, alcohol, self-harm, stress and suicide.

Suicide

Suicide is the act of taking your own life. Many individuals who end their own lives may not mean to but rather use suicide to escape their pain, problems or other difficulties. Knowing the warning signs of suicide in children and teens, in adults, and in older adults can help you support your loved ones.

Online Directory Search for services available across the Province and in your community or check out the following phone, in-person, online, and chat or email services and resources to get started.

Online Resources

App Resources

  • LifeLine Canada App: Free Canadian Suicide Prevention App to connect someone in crisis with the support and guidance they need 24/7 and to help guide loved ones left behind after a suicide.
  • My3 App: A mobile app recommended by Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre designed to help individuals stay safe when they may be having thoughts of suicide, or who have a history of suicidal behavior.

In-Person Services

  • Speak with your doctor or mental health professional about how you are feeling, to understand the warning signs, and develop a safety plan.
  • Emergency Services: If you have attempted suicide and need help visit your nearest emergency room or call 9-1-1 immediately.

Text and Chat Services

  • Crisis Centre Chat: A daily online chat available from noon to 1am Pacific Time from the Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of B.C.
  • Kids Help Phone – Live Chat: Chat counselling lets you connect one-on-one, real time, with a Kids Help Phone counsellor, on the web or from a smartphone. Chats are for youth up to age 20. Available Wednesday to Sunday from 3pm to 11pm Pacific Time.
  • YouthinBC Online Chat: Get support, information and resources for youth in B.C. and Yukon. Online chat is available from noon to 1am Pacific Time.
  • Youthspace.ca Online Chat: A community of volunteers who can provide emotional support, crisis response, and more. Available 6pm to midnight Pacific Time. Also available by text at 778-783-0177.

Phone Services

  • 9-1-1 Emergency Services: If you or someone you know has attempted or is attempting suicide, call 9-1-1 or visit your nearest emergency room. Available 24 hours a day.
  • 1-800-SUICIDE: Call 1-800-784-2433 if you are having thoughts of ending your own life or know someone who is. Available 24 hours a day.
  • Youth in BC Distress Line: Call 604-872-3311 to speak to counsellors and trained volunteers who are committed to helping youth in crisis. Available 24 hours a day.
  • Kids Help Phone: Call 1-800-668-6868 for immediate and caring support, information and, if necessary, referral to a local community or social service agency.

Self Harm

Self-harm is something someone does to the surface of their body to help cope with intolerable feelings. It is not meant as a means to end one’s life but can presents risks to your health.

Online Directory Search for services available across the Province and in your community or check out the following phone, in-person, online, and chat or email services and resources to get started.

Text and Chat Services

  • Kids Help Phone – Live Chat: Chat counselling lets you connect one-on-one, real time, with a Kids Help Phone counsellor, on the web or from a smartphone. Chats are for youth up to age 20. Available Wednesday to Sunday from 3pm to 11pm Pacific Time.
  • YouthinBC Online Chat: Get support, information and resources for youth in B.C. and Yukon. Online chat is available from noon to 1am Pacific Time.
  • Youthspace.ca Online Chat: A community of volunteers who can provide emotional support, crisis response, and more. Available 6pm to midnight Pacific Time. Also available by text at 778-783-0177.

Phone Services

  • 310-Mental Health: Call 310-6789 (no area code needed) for toll-free provincial access to emotional support, information and resources specific to mental health. Available 24 hours a day.
  • HealthLink BC: Speak to a registered nurse about how to best care for self-harm injuries by dialing 8-1-1 free of charge. Available 24 hours a day.
  • Youth in BC Distress Line: Call 604-872-3311 to speak to counsellors and trained volunteers who are committed to helping youth in crisis. Available 24 hours a day.
  • Kids Help Phone: Call 1-800-668-6868 for immediate and caring support, information and, if necessary, referral to a local community or social service agency.

Online Resources

In-Person Services

  • Speak with your doctor or a mental health professional about how you are feeling. Recommended treatments may include therapy, healthy living, joining a support group, and addressing any underlying thoughts or feelings.
  • Emergency Services: If you or someone you know has hurt themselves badly and you require immediate medical attention, visit your nearest emergency room or call 9-1-1 immediately. Available 24 hours a day.