Why Do People Die by Suicide?

There are many circumstances which can contribute to someone's decision to end their life, but a person's feelings about those circumstances are more important than the circumstances themselves. All people who consider suicide feel that life is unbearable. They have an extreme sense of hopelessness, helplessness, and desperation. With some types of mental illness, people may hear voices or have delusions which prompt them to kill themselves.

People who talk about suicide or make an attempt do not necessarily want to die. Often, they are reaching out for help. Sometimes, a suicide attempt becomes the turning point in a person's life if there is enough support to help them make necessary changes.

If someone you know is feeling desperate enough to consider suicide, you may be able to help them find a better way to cope. If you yourself are so distressed that you cannot think of any way out except by "ending it all," remember, help for your problems is available.

List of Resources
Call 211
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868
Distress Centres Ontario
Canadian Mental Health Association
Your Life Counts

Links and Resources (OSPN)