A Guide for People and Families Struggling with Suicide


If you or a loved one is struggling with suicidal thoughts and/or behaviours, you may feel like you need additional support or resources. That’s why, in partnership with experts and affected families, St. Joe’s developed the guide below.



A Guide for People and Families Struggling with Suicide 

What’s in the guide?

The guide includes practical strategies to reduce suicide risk while at home including a safety plan template, and information on why people struggle with suicidal thoughts and behaviour, individual risk factors and protective factors, how clinicians and mental health services can help, and additional resources and supports available.

Who is the guide for?

This guide is intended to be used by both the people struggling with suicide, and the people supporting them—their caregivers, families, and friends.

Who wrote the guide?

The Guide was co-written by Lisa Jeffs, Manager, Youth Wellness Centre and Robin Eady, a Family Advisory Council member, with contributions from St. Joe’s clinicians and patient/family advisors.

By sharing information, we hope we can reduce stigma and support those in crisis. You can find the guide and more options for support at stjoes.ca/mhresources