Talking About Suicide Saves Lives – Suicide Prevention Week (Jan 30 – Feb 5) – Resources for Adults

January 30 to February 5 is Suicide Prevention Week in Québec  under the theme: “Talking about suicide saves lives.”

In 2015, 1,128 Quebecers took their own lives (according to the province’s latest data from the Institut national de santé publique). This is 3 suicides per day- a statistic that triple the number of road fatalities in the province. As well, the highest suicide rates are men between the ages of 45 and 64 years old, who are also the least likely to seek help.

Whether you have heard a loved one express suicidal thoughts or have seen someone who has withdrawn or is depressed, you can help break the silence:

  • Be sure to listen and let them know that you are there for them and that there is no judgment.
  • If they are having suicidal thoughts, contact the help lines in our list at the bottom, or dial the local emergency telephone number (9-1-1) in your area.
  • Be there for the person who is in need and make sure to follow through with your promised help.
  • Make sure to re-connect with them: either visit, call, send them an email or text them.
  • Help the individual connect with any resources that may help them, including people or services in the community.

Do not keep suicidal thoughts to yourself!

Help is available for you, whether through a friend, therapist, or member of the clergy. Find someone you trust and let them know how bad things are. This can be your first step on the road to healing. Please visit How to Talk About Suicide and the Canadian Association For Suicide Prevention for more detailed information about understanding suicide and how to help a loved one.

There Are Many Crisis Centres Available 24/7 to talk to you (See below for resources in the Outaouais)

The last thing that most people expect is that they will run out of reasons to live. But if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, you need to know that you’re not alone. By some estimates, as many as one in six people will become seriously suicidal at some point in their lives.

If you or someone you know are in crisis now, please call any of the crisis line numbers listed below or dial the local emergency telephone number (911) in your area.

If you are calling because of a mental health problem or are seeking additional information, you can also call Info-Santé at 8-1-1, option 2, or if calling from a 613 cellphone, please call 819-966-0180.

Quebec National Crisis Line
1-866-APPELLE (277-3553) – Open 24/7
Association québécoise de prévention du suicide / Quebec Association for Suicide Prevention
website: (French only Website; services in English)

Distress Centre of Ottawa and region
Anonymous, confidential, 24-hour emotional and mental health support and crisis intervention.
Call 613-238-3311

Mental Health Crisis Line
Line of intervention: (819) 595-9999 or 1-866-277-3553
website: (French only Website; services in English)

Suicide Détour
Services include support groups, individual help and accompaniment
181, rue Notre-Dame
Maniwaki (Quebec) J9E 2L6
Administrative number: (819) 441-1010
Website: (French only Website)

Trans Lifeline
Provides trans peer support. Run by and for trans people.
Call: 1-877-330-6366

Hope for Wellness Help Line | Canada-Wide
If you’re experiencing emotional distress and want to talk, call the First Nations, Métis & Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line, available 24/7:  1-855-242-3310 or the online chat at

National Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line | Canada-Wide
Available 24-hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of his or her Residential school experience: 1-866-925-4419

Other Crisis & Non-Crisis Lines

Ordre des psychologues du Québec (tool for finding a psychologist) (French only Website; services in English)