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Suicide Prevention Resources & Education

Support Lines

NamePhone NumberAbout
IERHA 24 Hour Crisis Line 204-482-5419 or
 24 hours 7 days a week. Available to anyone in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority (IERHA)
Mobile Crisis Unit Adult and Youth Teams 204-482-5376
If you are in a crisis, someone with mental health training will come to you
Mobile Intake: 8:30 am to 12:00 am 7 days a week
Mobile Adult Team: 2:00 pm to 2:00 am 7 days a week
Mobile Youth Team 1:30 pm to 9:30 pm Monday to Friday
Crisis Stabilization Unit  204-482-5361
Short-term voluntary admission for individuals 15 years and older
Klinic Crisis Line (204) 786-8686
24 hours 7 days a week. Available to anyone
Manitoba Suicide Prevention and Support Line 1-877-435-7170
Open 24 hours 7 days a week to help you if you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, if you are concerned about someone else’s mental health problems, or if you have been impacted by suicide:
 Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868
24 hours 7 days a week offering help to anyone between the ages of 5 and 25. Services are offered for free in English and French
Crisis Services Canada 1-833-456-4566
Text: 45645
Phone line is available 24 hours 7 days a week for everyone.
Texting is only available from 3:00 pm-11:00 pm 
Manitoba Farm, Rural & Northern Support Services 1-866-367-3276
After hours: 1-888-322-3019
Free counselling for anyone in Manitoba who lives on a farm, or who lives in a rural or northern community. Open Monday-Friday from 10am-9pm, however there is an after hours number:
Hope For Wellness 1-855-242-3310Help Line open 24 hours 7 days a week for all Indigenous peoples across Canada
988: Suicide Crisis Helpline 988
Call or text 988 to connect with a trained responder who will “listen without judgement, provide support and understanding, and can tell you about resources that will help”.  Explore to learn more about suicide and the 988:  Suicide Crisis Helpline.

Suicide Prevention Tips

Suicide Prevention

Prevention Tips

#1: Ask the individual what is happening and if they are having thoughts of suicide

#2: Support the individual through the crisis

#3: Listen to what the individual has to say

#4: Connect the individual to professional support

#5: Offer Hope and let the individual know that there is help available Reference: Smith, M., Segal, J., & Robinson, L. (2019, October). Suicide Prevention. Help Guide.

Click the image below for a resource on suicide prevention from the Canadian Mental Health Association

Keeping Yourself Safe – Developing a Safety Plan

It is very helpful to have a written safety plan for when you have thoughts of hurting yourself. Have a trusted family member, friend, or a professional help you to complete this safety plan. Keep this plan somewhere you can see or find easily. Write down the steps you will take to keep yourself safe. Follow the steps. If you follow the steps and still do not feel safe, call a crisis line, get yourself to a hospital emergency room, or call 911.

Click on the safety plan below. This is also a great resource for finding information about what to do when you have suicidal thoughts, how to understand the thoughts and feelings associated with suicide, and how to decrease future occurrences of these thoughts.

Being Suicide Aware

What to look for: 

  • Someone who threatens suicide
  • Someone who appears depressed and withdrawn
  • Someone who self harms  

What can put us at risk: 

  • A prior suicide attempt
  • Substance use
  • Trauma
  • Isolation
  • Grief
  • Loss 

What can keep us safe: 

  • Positive mental health
  • Asking for help
  • Having positive coping strategies (e.g. exercising, calling a friend, listening to music, etc.) 

You can help by: 

  • Asking the individual, “Are you having thoughts of suicide”. This will not put any ideas into their head, but will allow you to identify if they are at risk of suicide (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
  • Being accepting and non-judgmental
  • Taking threats seriously
  • Staying calm and listening 
  • For more suicide prevention and risk information visit the Government of Canada’s website.

Suicide Awareness Education

Government of Canada suicide infographic

Suicidology Handbook: A Journey Toward Health and Hope

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) 

Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy For Canada

Coping Strategies 

Living Works 

Mental Health Facts for Adults

Mental Health Facts for Youth

The Language of Suicide – YouTube videoes offered in English, Ojibwe, Cree and Oji-Cree. Choose the video with your preferred language.

Other Resources

Your Primary Health Care Provider

If you do not have a family doctor, you can register to find one here 

If you would like to talk to a professional this is a great website to find someone you think you could trust. This website includes short biographies about the counsellors as well as what insurance plans they cover

 Your family, friends, neighbours, teachers

They can be a great resource as some to talk to. If they are unable to help, they may be able to connect you with someone you can speak with. 

A collection of resources available in Manitoba. From the home page, click on Mental Health & Addictions then enter your postal code for a series of resources available in your area

This link contains a resource for taking care of a family member once discharged from the hospital after an attempt

How we see the world shapes who we choose to be — and sharing compelling experiences can frame the way we treat each other, for the better. This is a powerful perspective.

Surviving Loss

Visit Reason To Live to get assistance with learning new coping mechanisms and helping with the grief that follows a suicide

Suicide Learning Modules for Health Care Professionals

This resources is for physicians and nurses who would like to learn more about suicide. The modules can be found on the Mental Health Commission of Canada website   

Talking to a Child about a Suicide

This guide is designed to help parents, guardians, and caregivers of children under 12 know how to speak with them when a suicide occurs in their family or community.

Apps for Your Phone

Hope by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is a free smartphone app that provides suicide prevention information, tools and crisis resources to support and guide individuals when they are experiencing thoughts of suicide. 

The Lifeline logo

A free Suicide Prevention and Awareness App that offers access and guidance to support for those suffering in crisis and those who have suffered the devastating loss of a loved one from suicide.

The Kids Help Phone site provides options to connect with other youth and access support forums & real-life stories. Get crisis support right now via text.

This website page has been endorsed by the Interlake-Eastern Suicide Prevention Committee that is comprised of community members and community agencies/organizations. The committee’s mission is to support initiatives that are designed to prevent the occurrence of suicide by promoting mental well-being and encouraging help-seeking behavior through awareness and educational activities. Each year, the committee supports health and wellness initiatives that differ year to year.  

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