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If you have come to this page, you most probably clicked the link in the alert box because you are thinking about ending your life. DON’T! It’s not worth it! We care about you, and want you to be safe. Remember:
- You are planning a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
- What you are feeling right now will pass.
- You will be leaving behind many people, friends and for some, family, who love you.
- There are resources available to you, right now, that you can access, to find the help that you need to live a better life.
All these facts are true, no matter how much you might feel like they aren’t!
You have already done something for yourself by coming here seeking help! Unfortunately, because Queer Mental Health is only a community support website, we do not have the resources or the training to help you feel better. But these resources do! Please contact one of them at once! If a resource is not listed for your location, you can always go to the emergency clinic at your nearest hospital – they are also capable of helping you to deal with your problems in a safe manner.
You need to contact one of the resources below if you or someone you know are experiencing any of the following:
- feeling trapped and like there’s no way out
- feeling worthless or hopeless, and that life is not worth living
- talking or writing about death, dying or suicide
- giving away personal possessions
- doing dangerous, life-threatening things
Here is a list of resources you can contact. We have made an effort to cover as many countries or regions as possible, by telephone and web. If you are in a region that has not been mentioned, you can always go to the nearest emergency clinic at your nearest hospital, or call the general emergency number offered in your region. Unless otherwise specified, all resources are available 24/7 nationwide, and offered in English. Not all resources listed are LGBTQ-specific.
Bonus for smartphone users: you may be able to click on a telephone number to dial automatically!
- The Trevor Project – 1-866-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386) (LGBTQ youth)
- Hope Line – 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) (All people)
- Trans Lifeline – 1-877-565-8860 (Trans* People)
- Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (All people)
- Trans Lifeline – 1-877-330-6366 (Trans* People)
- 24-Hour Crisis line – 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) (All people, British Columbia only)
- St. Paul & District Crisis Line / Alberta – 1-800-263-3045 (All people, Alberta & Northeast Saskatchewan only)
- Mobile Crisis Service / Saskatchewan – (306) 933-6200 (All people, Saskatchewan only)
- Reason To Live / Manitoba – 1-877-435-7170 (All people, Manitoba only)
- Ontario Suicide Prevention Network / Ontario – (All people, Ontario only, web only)
- Services d’intervention 24 heures, 7 jours – 1-866-APPELLE (1-866-277-3553) (Toutes les personnes, seulement en Québec, en français)
- Chimo Helpline / New Brunswick – 1-800-667-5005 (All people, New Brunswick only, bilingual in English & Français)
- FEED Nova Scotia 24 Hour Youth Crisis Line / Nova Scotia – 1-800-420-3240 (All youth, Nova Scotia only)
- FEED Nova Scotia 24 Hour Crisis Line / Nova Scotia – (902) 421-1188 (All people, Nova Scotia only)
- Island Helpline / Prince Edward Island – 1-800-218-2885 (All people, Prince Edward Island only, bilingual in English & Français)
- Mental Health Crisis Centre / Newfoundland & Labrador – 1-888-737-4668 (All people, Newfoundland & Labrador only)
- Crisis Line / Northwest Territory – 1-800-661-0844 (All people, 7am-11pm MST, Northwest Territory only)
- Crisis Line / Nunavut – 1-800-265-3333 (All people, 7am-11pm EST, Nunavut only, bilingual in English and Inuktitut (unconfirmed))
- Lifeline – 13 11 14 (All people)
- Kids Help Line – 1800 55 1800 (All youth)
- Suicide Call Back Services – 1300 659 467 (All people)
- Living Is For Everyone (LIFE) – (All people, web only)
- Mensline Australia – 1300 789 978 – (All men)
If you know of a resource that should be added to this list, please email us the information to firstname.lastname@example.org – you could be saving someone’s life by doing so.
Should all else fail, and you can’t find or access a service to help you, or are waiting to access a service, you can take the following steps to keep yourself safe from harm in the meantime:
- Postpone any decision to end your life – Find distractions to keep you occupied. Urgent suicidal feelings frequently pass after half an hour or so, though not always.
- Talk to someone – When you are feeling suicidal, you may not be thinking clearly. Someone else may be able to give you alternative solutions or give you a better perspective.
- Avoid being alone – Having someone with you can help eliminate loneliness which may make your suicidal feelings more intense.
- Write a safety plan – Keep a plan handy so that you are better prepared to handle urgent suicidal feelings in the future.
- Write down how you feel – This is a great way to gain clarity, express your feelings in non-harmful ways, and explore alternative solutions.
- Set small goals – These goals should be very short term (less than an hour to one day) and easily achievable in your current state of mind.
- Keep yourself healthy – Activities such as exercising and eating well can ease suicidal feelings and make it easier to manage difficult situations.
- Avoid drugs or alcohol – These can make your suicidal feelings more intense and cause you to do things you wouldn’t normally do. They also do not solve any problems.
- Seek a mental health professional – These people are trained in suicide prevention and can help you prevent further crises.