Working together towards a community without suicide
Suicide Prevention Ottawa
Suicide Prevention Ottawa is a group of organizations working together in Ottawa to make services more effective at preventing suicide among children, youth and young adults.
Our work revolves around three key areas of focus: research, responding after a suicide (or suicide postvention), and building capacity.
Browse our website to find information on these topics and more, along with resources and links to local organizations that can help respond to suicide in our community.
Suicide Prevention Ottawa does not provide crisis support.
For 24/7 bilingual, crisis support, call the Child Youth and Family Crisis Line at 613-260-2360, or 1-877-377-7775 (outside Ottawa) or call the Crisis Line at 1-866-996-0991.
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Learn how to help
Build understanding & confidence
It can be scary when someone we know or love is having a hard time. Know that there are services and resources that can help you in your role as a support for loved ones. Click on the link below to access Counselling Connect, a one-stop-shop for mental health supports in Ottawa.
Sometimes, the best thing for someone who is struggling is to be able to confide in someone they trust. The Know What to Do guide at the link below can give you the confidence to be that support for your loved one.
Have you been following us on Twitter @OttPrevention? Our #OneGoodThing Campaign is ongoing, with great content. Are you interested in being interviewed? Reach out to the Contact Us section of this website.
What the experts say
learn how to respond
There is consensus among practitioners about effective ways to respond to a death by suicide. Drawing on this, and designed for organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors, this checklist provides a step-by-step guide for what to do when a child/youth/young adult dies by suicide. This document is meant as a support and complement to existing policies and procedures.
When someone dies by suicide, the effect on those touched by it –families, friends, workers – can be immediate and traumatic. Research shows that planning ahead can ease grieving, promote a smoother adjustment, and prevent contagion (Cerel & Campbell, 2008).
Crisis & Resources
Youth Services Bureau (YSB) for caregivers and youth under 18: 613-260-2360
Kids Help Phone for young people: 1-800-668-6868
Good2talk for post-secondary students: 1-866-925-5454
Distress Centre for all ages: 613-238-3311
Mental Health Crisis Line for people 16 years and over: 613-722-6914
IN THE LOOP
Save the date! Join us on January 16th at noon for an online with presenters from Suicide Prevention Ottawa who will:
- Share tools about how to talk about suicide with someone who is struggling;
- Share tools to help people who are struggling talk about suicide and to get help;
- Highlight trainings that are available in Ottawa if you’d like to go deeper in learning about how to be a community supporter; and
- Share existing Ottawa-based supports if people need to speak to a professional or a peer support person about their struggles.
The invitation and access to the Zoom link can be found here, and space is limited so RSVP is required.
Preventing suicide starts with one good thing. Small acts can have great impact. One step can lead to another and another and another.
We hope to see you there!
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Research about what works
Suicide Prevention Ottawa engages local researchers to share evidence-informed practices at regular events and presentations in our community. Our events cover different areas of research, based in the community, schools, and hospitals and cover topics such as the latest suicide statistics in Ottawa, the effects and contributors to suicide, and innovative tools to prevent suicide among children and emerging adults.