Weekly Wellness Update

Week of November 29-December 3 - Suicide Awareness

Suicide Prevention

Understanding suicide

The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 1 million people die each year from suicide. What drives so many individuals to take their own lives? To those who are not in the grips of suicidal depression and despair, it’s difficult to understand what drives so many individuals to take their own lives. But a suicidal person is in so much pain that they can see no other option.


Suicide is a desperate attempt to escape suffering that has become unbearable. Blinded by feelings of self-loathing, hopelessness, and isolation, a suicidal person can’t see any way of finding relief except through death. But despite their desire for the pain to stop, most suicidal people are deeply conflicted about ending their own lives. They wish there was an alternative to suicide, but they just can’t see one.

Get help

Crisis Services Canada


Available to all Canadians seeking support. Visit Crisis Services Canada for the distress centres and crisis organizations nearest you.


If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the Canada Suicide Prevention Service at 1-833-456-4566 (24/7) or text 45645 (4 PM - 12 AM ET).


Kids Help Phone

Call 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free) or text CONNECT to 686868.


Available 24 hours a day to Canadians aged 5 to 29 who want confidential and anonymous care from professional counsellors.


Download the Always There app for additional support or access the Kids Help Phone website.


Hope for Wellness Help Line


Call 1-855-242-3310 (toll-free) or connect to the online Hope for Wellness chat.


Available to all Indigenous peoples across Canada who need immediate crisis intervention. Experienced and culturally sensitive help line counsellors can help if you want to talk or are distressed.

I Want You To
Please reach out to one of the Horizon School Divisions Family School Liaison Counsellors or the Horizon School Division Clinical Team Leader - Angela Miller at 403-634-9767 if you require assistance during school hours. If after school hours please reach out to one of the previous listed Help Lines.
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