Having a real impact on suicide prevention is within your reach. Make a difference by taking concrete action now to strengthen your community’s well-being. On this page, you’ll find simple and accessible ways of talking about suicide in your community. Check out the suggested ready-made activities, designed to connect with different types of people in a friendly way.

6 simple actions to prevent suicide in your community

Having a real impact on suicide prevention is within your reach. Make a difference by taking concrete action now to strengthen your community’s well-being. On this page, you’ll find simple and accessible ways of talking about suicide in your community. Check out the suggested ready-made activities, designed to connect with different types of people in a friendly way.

Talk about suicide while respecting your limits  

Raising awareness in your community about suicide is an excellent way to prevent it, but talking about it might bring up difficult emotions for you or other people. What makes you want to talk about suicide? Take a moment to reflect on your motivations and personal limitations. Be sure to respect your own boundaries at all times and, if necessary, seek support from a suicide prevention counselor.

Do you work with young people?

To prevent suicide among youth under 18, you’ll have to take into account certain characteristics specific to this population when giving awareness-raising activities. Experts recommend using a more holistic approach that targets mental health promotion, rather than suicide prevention specifically. To learn more about our recommendations, read the youth fact sheet. 

Read the youth fact sheet 

Take it a step further

Your community or organization can actively participate in suicide prevention in Quebec. Discover other ways to support the cause with AQPS consulting services, which provide comprehensive and personalized guidance tailored to your needs.

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Share resources

Quebec has specialized suicide prevention resources that provide caring, attentive, and well trained support workers. They are available everywhere, 24/7, to help people with suicidal thoughts, those who are worried about a loved one and those who have lost someone to suicide.

Spreading the word in your community about these free and accessible resources and educating people about who can use them is an essential first step in preventing suicide.

How can I take action?

Encourage people to ask for help

Even if several resources exist, asking for help is not easy for everyone. Some people can be reluctant to reach out because they fear judgment, are uncomfortable sharing their experiences, wish to handle their issues independently, or have had negative experiences with help resources in the past.

Highlighting the benefits of seeking help when going through difficulties is one way of preventing isolation when people are experiencing distress.

How can I take action?

  • Share the stories of those who have made it through difficult times by seeking help.
  • Give ”You’re important to me” pins to your loved ones to remind them how much they mean to you and encourage them to use suicide prevention resources if they ever need them.

Dispel myths about suicide

Myths about suicide can exist in our circles. It’s important to debunk incorrect beliefs to have a more accurate understanding of suicide.

Being better informed about the phenomenon will help reduce prejudice and allow conversation around suicide to be more caring.

How can I take action?

Raise awareness of what it means to have suicidal thoughts

Suicide is a complex phenomenon. Many factors lead a person to have suicidal thoughts. It can be difficult to understand the state of mind of someone who is suffering and having harmful thoughts.

To break the taboo, it’s important to acknowledge suicidal thoughts while also showing people that there are ways to feel better.

How can I take action?

  • Watch and share the animated video When someone is thinking about suicide to better understand what a person with suicidal thoughts is going through.


Have the difficult conversations

If someone you know isn’t doing well because they’re going through a difficult time or they’ve lost a loved one to suicide, it can be hard to find the right words to address it or break the silence.

There are, nonetheless, many ways to facilitate these conversations by keeping certain recommendations and actions in mind.

How can I take action?

  • Read and put these posters up to help encourage people in your community to break the silence when those around them are not doing so well. Concrete tips, inspired by caring for a plant, invite you to cultivate kindness.

Cultivating caring: What to say to a loved one in distress
Cultivating caring: What to say to a bereaved loved one
Overview : Recognizing signs of distress

Build hope and resilience

Preventing suicide is also about promoting life. Everyone, in their own way, faces challenges during their lifetime. By tapping into our strengths or seeking support, it’s possible to get through difficult experiences. Suicide is not inevitable.

Fostering resilience and instilling hope in people around us is one of the ways we can help renew their reasons to live.

How can I take action?

  • Try playing the game The essence of your life with people in your community to encourage them to reflect on what makes their life worth living.