Finding Support Services

Every day, all sorts of people contact support services to get the help they need. The people providing these services care about your well-being. They’re accustomed to talking about suicide and can help you put your feelings into words. They can help you assess your situation and find solutions to your problems. Here are some ways to get free professional help.


A friend told me about the suicide prevention centre in our region. I didn’t even know it existed. At the time, I was seriously thinking about taking my own life. I called, and a counsellor answered right away. It did me a lot of good. That one conversation was just what I needed to start getting my life back on track.


Getting help to ensure your safety

If you think your life is in danger, help is available 24/7 to ensure your safety.

For example:

  • If you attempted suicide in the past few hours
  • If you’re about to take your own life
  • If you’re planning to kill yourself in the next few hours

Here are your options:

  • Call 911
  • Go to the emergency room

Getting help in a crisis

If you’re in crisis, help is available 24/7 to ease your distress.

For example:

  • If you feel a sudden urge to take your own life
  • If you’re tormented by thoughts of suicide
  • If you can no longer function on a day-to-day basis
  • If you feel overwhelmed by a difficult situation

Here are your options:

Getting long-term help

If you want to act on your problems and difficulties, you can get long-term help.

For example:

  • To get treatment for depression
  • To learn to manage your anxiety
  • To tackle an addiction
  • To find solutions to your problems

Here are your options:

  • Call Info-Social at 811, option 2, to be referred to resources in your area that can provide support
  • Ask your family doctor
  • Ask a doctor at a walk-in clinic
  • Contact your local CLSC​
  • Call a public rehab centre (centre de réadaptation en dépendance)
  • Call a community organization
  • Consult a psychologist

Community organizations

Many community organizations offer support for people in difficulty. Contact Info-Social or your community services centre (CLSC) to find which organization is best suited for your needs or to get a referral.

You can also consult our resource directory.

Private psychotherapy

If you want long-term support, you can also opt for private psychotherapy. Although these services are not free (they normally range from $80 to $140 per hour), they are often covered by private health insurance plans. If you have such insurance, you can access private psychotherapy at limited cost to you.