If there is an emergency, call 911 or go to the hospital.

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.

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[1]. 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


What's New

Save the date! Join us on June 22nd at 12:30 at the Royal Mental Health Centre for a meeting where we will: 


  • Share tools about how organizations can respond after a suicide;
  • Share information about neurodevelopmental health;
  • Highlight recent data relating to youth and mental health in Ottawa
  • Host a discussion about the supports that organizations need to be better equipped to lead suicide prevention efforts.

The invitation can be found here

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.

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