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 September 7th at 11:00 for a webinar about Ottawa’s efforts to respond after a tragic event.

All are welcome to watch this free livestream on CMHA Ottawa’s Facebook page.  This event will be recorded so watch it on the 7th, or find it anytime at the CMHA Ottawa FB page. 

Every year near September 10th, people around the world come together to prevent suicide. We do it for ourselves, for our family and for community. WSPD is an opportunity to celebrate and build upon our continued efforts to build a safer and healthier world. It is our chance to continue working together to prevent suicide.

Preventing suicide starts with one good thing. Small acts can have great impact, so on World Suicide Prevention Day, Suicide Prevention Ottawa encourages you to notice one good thing, to share one good thing, to do one good thing.

One step can lead to another and another and another.


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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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