Breakups and Suicide

When does a breakup become a problem?

It’s normal for someone going through a breakup to feel sad or angry. But a breakup can become problematic if your thoughts or emotions get too intense or intrusive or prevent you from functioning.


What factors contribute to breakups?

Various factors can contribute to breakups, including:

  • Falling out of love
  • Relationship violence
  • Frequent fighting
  • Inability to imagine a shared future together
  • Communication problems
  • Lack of support from your partner
  • Feeling you’ve been cheated on

What effects do breakups have?

Breakups can create problems and make existing ones worse. People going through a breakup may:

  • Feel intense anger or rage
  • Feel inconsolable
  • Feel isolated or abandoned
  • Feel ashamed or humiliated
  • Develop addiction issues
  • Experience anxiety
  • Develop depression
  • Have homicidal thoughts
  • Have suicidal thoughts

Are you going through a breakup and having suicidal thoughts?

People who are going through breakups may have suicidal thoughts. If this is the case for you, consult the following sections:

01 Taking stock of your mental health

The first step toward taking back control is identifying what’s causing your suicidal thoughts.

02 Taking care of yourself

There are a number of things you can do to protect yourself and regain your balance when you’re having suicidal thoughts.

03 Talking about it with your loved ones

Asking for help from your family and friends isn’t always easy. There are different ways of going about it.

04 Finding support services

Every day, all sorts of people contact support services to get the help they need.

What to do if you’re going through a difficult breakup

It’s possible to recover from a breakup. If you notice one or more signs that your breakup is becoming problematic, first call Info-Social at 811, option 2, to discuss your situation with a psychosocial worker and be referred, if necessary, to resources in your area that can provide support.

For an assessment and follow-up with a healthcare professional, consult a general practitioner (your family doctor, for example), a psychologist or contact your local CLSC.

Other resources can help people going through breakups.

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