Suicide Prevention Programs

Suicide is a tragic event that touches too many communities and families.

Suicide can be prevented and the best first step in preventing suicide is talking about it in an informed way. There is much stigma still surrounding suicide which might silence people struggling with suicidal thoughts.

We offer education programs on suicide awareness and prevention!

What are some warning signs?

  • Previous suicide attempt(s)
  • Talking about suicide (including joking)
  • Wondering about death
  • Giving away personal items
  • Showing signs of being depressed
  • Struggling with alcohol or drug abuse
  • Engaging in risky behaviours
  • Loss of interest in the things they enjoy
  • Withdrawing or isolating themself
  • Suffering from a loss.

How do I talk about suicide to someone who is at risk?

If you see warning signs, trust those instincts. It is important to be direct when talking about suicide so your question isn’t misinterpreted. Ask directly, “Have you been having thoughts about suicide?”

Be empathetic and kind, remember you are trying to help, not fix, lead with compassion not judgement.

If someone is thinking about suicide what can I do?

Be willing to listen without judgement and avoid appearing shocked (this can invalidate the person’s feelings and seem judgemental). Listen to them, help them explore ways they are comfortable getting help.

Help them find appropriate resources to get help like a counselors or mental health professionals. Continue to support them.

Suicide Outreach Programs & Services

Living Beyond Suicide Loss

This 12 week support group is for those wanting to give and receive support regarding the suicide death of a loved one. We wish to create a safe, non-judgmental environment where survivors can simply be among others who share their pain. A facilitator is present to guide participants but we believe the healing will come from hearing others at different places in their grief journey. This group is not a drop in group and it is not intended to replace counselling. There is no cost associated with this group.

For Information, or to register, use the contact form on this page.

Grief Recovery Method®

The Grief Recovery Method is The Action Program for Moving Beyond Loss and is offered in two ways – a support group or one to one. Both are facilitated by a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist who will support you in completing any loss you feel is keeping you from moving forward in life. Unlike other grief groups, this program is a structured, step by step process requiring weekly reading (book is provided) and homework. The support group runs for 8 weeks; one to one is a 7 week commitment.

Your loss does not have to be associated with death or suicide in any way – divorce, job loss, health issues, unemployment etc. can all be addressed through this process. The cost is $295 for the 8 week group; $455 for the 7 week individual sessions. Bursaries are available and some Employee Assistance Programs and Benefits Packages may cover the program. (Space is limited to 6 participants).

For Information, or to register, use the contact form on this page.

If you or someone you know requires short term support, referrals to community resources, education on all aspects related to suicide and grief, appointments can be made by calling (403) 342-4966, or by filling out the form on our Contact Page, or by coming to our office during walk in hours Monday-Thursday from 930am-230pm.

Want more information?

You can contact us with questions and concerns.

Please note we are NOT a crisis line. If this is an emergency, call 9-1-1.

We want to help you. Please connect!

Programs

Resources

24-hour Help Lines

Alberta Help Line1-877-303-2642
Kids Help Phone1-800-668-6868
Crisis Line1-800-784-2433
Red Deer Sexual Assault403-356-1099
Child Abuse Hotline1-800-387-5437
Central Alberta Women’s Shelter403-346-5643
49th Street Youth Shelterne403-341-3190

Resources with Regular Office Hours

Mental Health Clinic (Walk-In)403-340-5466
Canadian Mental Health403-342-2266
Vantage Community Services403-340-8995
Red Deer Native Friendship Centre403-340-0020
AADAC (AHS)403-340-5274
Red Deer College Counselling Services403-343-4064
Student Support Centre403-343-4096
Central Alberta AIDS Network Society403-346-8858