Suicide Prevention Month


New Brunswickers are invited to get involved in suicide prevention and awareness activities during February, Suicide Prevention Month.

“Suicide is a complex and difficult issue and one of the leading causes of preventable death in New Brunswick,” said Health Minister Victor Boudreau. “Our best defense is to understand the warning signs, but mostly, it is to simply talk about it. That is how we are going to break the stigma.”

The warning signs of suicide include: depression, loneliness, giving away prized possessions, poor performance at work or school, aggressive behaviour, mood swings, unnecessary risk-taking, threats of suicide, talking about death, abuse of alcohol or drugs and loss of interest in usual activities. Having even one sign could mean help is necessary.

Those needing help are encouraged to call CHIMO helpline at 1-800-667-5005 or Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868. They can also contact their nearest community mental-health centre or consult their family doctor.

Various activities across the province will be held to educate the public about useful strategies, including advice about the risk factors such as elevated stress, mental illness and substance abuse.

Initiatives in the Action Plan for Mental Health in New Brunswick 2011-2018 continue to be implemented to ensure that all New Brunswickers have the opportunity to achieve positive mental health and well-being. These initiatives include the recently-announced $12.6 million in funding for a new provincial treatment center for youth with complex mental health needs.  The center will be an important component within the government’s commitment to a Network of Excellence, which recognizes the importance of mental health needs of the province’s youth.