Peer Support Centre: We're here to listen.
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death for people between the ages of 15-24. 23% of deaths within this age group are a result of suicide. Individuals with other serious mental health issues are at greater risk of suicide, but it can affect anyone, regardless of mental wellness. 51% of U of A respondents in the NCHA study felt that things were hopeless at some point in time; 7% seriously considered suicide. It is a common and very prevalent issue for our campus community.
People experiencing suicidal thoughts may show this in a variety of different ways. The following are a few of the different ways a person may be showings signs of suicidal thinking:
Increased reckless behaviour
Discussing the idea of wanting to die
Feeling unbearable pain
Loss of interest in things one cares about
Setting one’s affairs in order
These are only a few of the ways suicidal thinking may present itself in a person.
What should I know/What can I do?
Many times, people experiencing suicidal thoughts may be feeling ambivalent about killing themselves. They may not want to die; instead, they may just want the pain they are feeling to end, and they see no other way. As well, people experiencing suicidal thoughts may feel as if there is no one around who cares about them, even if there are people who would be willing to help. Reach out to someone, seek help!
UHC Psychiatric Nurse
Monday to Friday
9AM - 8PM
Peer Support Centre
Students' Union Building
University of Alberta
8900 - 114 Street NW