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The signs
of distress

Better understand
the signs of distress and risks factors

Suicide rarely happens without warning. Someone thinking of suicide will show signs of distress that can be perceptible to those around them. Most people who attempt or die by suicide did not necessarily want to die. The act is above all an attempt to end to their suffering!

It is therefore crucial to identify these signs and to act to provide the necessary help to the person who is going through a period of crisis and great distress.

Signs of distress

Keep in mind that these signs are worrisome, but do not necessarily indicate that the person is suicidal. You know the people around you so trust yourself! If you are concerned about a change in behaviour of any kind, do not hesitate to seek help for your loved one!

Risk factors 

Protection factors

Most vulnerable

  • Males between the ages of 28 and 65
  • Native population
  • People who identify as LGBTQ2+
  • Youth aged 15–24
  • People 65 years and older
  • Incarcerated
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • People who have experienced one or more episodes of self-inflicted injury
  • People with a mental health problem or chronic pain
  • People with an addiction problem

Listen to
the signs

If you perceive one or more of these signs of distress in someone you know, or recognize what you are saying, don’t hesitate to go get help! 

When in doubt, it is better to act and ask the person directly! This will open the door for them to ask for help! 

Don’t hesitate to call us to get help for you or someone you know.

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