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SJHH 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.

Download our guide by clicking on the image below or click here.

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.

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It can be difficult to talk about suicide. A Guide for People and Families Struggling with Suicide was developed by St. Joe’s experts and those with lived experience.

Inside, you’ll find:
 Practical things to reduce suicide risk
 A safety plan
 Information on risk and protective factors
 Communication tools
…and more.

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


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