If you are in distress, you can text WELLNESS to 741741 at any time. If it is an emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to your local emergency department.

Home › Resources › Reduce suicides by creating a safer home

Reduce suicides by creating a safer home

Follow these practices to keep your loved ones safe.


Medications

  • Safely dispose of unused or expired medications.
  • Lock and limit prescription and non‑prescription medications.


Chemicals

  • Lock, store, or keep harmful chemicals out of reach.


Firearms

  • Remove or lock firearms and store them separately from ammunition.


Detectors

  • Install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.


Alcohol

  • Limit the amount and store responsibly.


Know your local distress centre

  • Know how to reach your local distress or crisis centre. Access them as needed.


Car keys

  • Keep car keys hidden or in a safe place when not in use.

Listen

  • Listen non‑judgmentally.

Means of self-harm

  • Restrict access to cords, ropes, knives, and other potential means of self‑harm.

Feedback Form

Hey, there! Thanks for checking out this resource. We’d love it if you could share a little more info about yourself and how you got here (What kind of information were you looking for? Did this resource help?). Doing so will help us create better content in the future. Thanks!

Disclaimer:

  • The completion of the form is voluntary.
  • The information collected will be used solely and exclusively by the Mental Health Commission of Canada to improve the quality of our documents.
Are you willing to be contacted within 3 to 6 months for a short follow-up survey?
In case of “Yes” – please provide an email address

Disclaimer

Your feedback will only be used for feedback purposes. Thank-you for participating in our feedback program.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

SHARE THIS PAGE

RELATED

Of the estimated 4,000 suicide deaths in Canada each year, close to 75 per cent are men. This resource summarizes the key takeaways from the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention...

Of the estimated 4,000 suicide deaths in Canada each year, 75 per cent are men. Suicide is the country’s second leading cause of death for men aged 15-39 (after accidental...

People 65 years and older, especially men, have a high risk of suicide. As Canada’s largest population group, the baby boomers, approach the plus 65 age range, we may see...