Helping Someone Recover

It is possible to help someone who is having suicidal thoughts. When a person is thinking about suicide, they are ambivalent. Despite the suicidal thoughts, a part of them still wants to live, and that’s the part that keeps them going. As a friend or family member, you can play an integral role in their recovery by nurturing the part that wants to live.

Keep in mind that if you need help to deal with the situation, suicide.ca has counsellors to provide you with support.


Identifying protective factors

Protective factors are things that help people when they are unwell. Understanding what will help a person who’s thinking about suicide is key to supporting them. 

Here are some examples of protective factors:


  • Being in contact with friends and family

  • Having reasons to live

  • Doing things that make us feel good

  • Having plans for the future

  • Taking care of basic needs (eating, sleeping, taking medication as prescribed, etc.)

Adopting a caring attitude

Here are some attitudes that can help support a person who is thinking about suicide.