Suicide Prevention

If you think you may act on suicidal feelings, call 911 or your local emergency services number right away.

At times, people with complicated grief may consider suicide. If you’re thinking about suicide, talk to someone you trust.

Durham Region

Distress Centre Durham
Distress Line:
905-430-2522
1-800-452-0688
Pride Line:
1-855-87PRIDE (77433)
Business Line:
905-430-3511
Website:
distresscentredurham.com

Halton Region

Distress Centre Halton
Distress Lines:
Oakville:
905-849-4541
Burlington:
905-681-1488
North Halton:
905-877-1211
Website:
dchalton.ca

London Middlesex

Niagara Region

Distress Centre Niagara
Distress Lines:
St Catharines, Niagara Falls & Area: 905-688-3711
Fort Erie Area: 905-563-6674
Grimsby, West Lincoln: 519-433-2023
Port Colborne, Wainfleet: 905-734-1212
Website:
distresscentreniagara.com/

Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Counties

Developmental Services Lanark Leeds Grenville
Distress Line:
1-800-465-4442
Website:
developmentalservices.com

Kingston

Telephone Aid Line Kingston (TALK)
Distress Line:
613-544-1771
Website:
telephoneaidlinekingston.com

Northern Ontario

Beendigen Inc (Talk 4 Healing)
Distress Line:
1-855-554-HEAL (4325)
Languages: Offers services in English, Ojibway, Oji-Cree, and Cree
Website:
talk4healing.com/

Nunavut / Kamatsiaqtut

Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Helpline
Distress Lines:
876-979-3333
or: 800-265-3333
Website:
nunavuthelpline.ca/

Ottawa & Region

Distress Centre Ottawa & Region
Distress Lines:
Ottawa Distress Line: 613-238-3311
Outaouais Distress Line: 1-866-676-1080
Champlain Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-866-996-0991
Mental Health Crisis Line Grey & Bruce: 1-877-470-5200
Frontenac Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-855-477-2963
Website:
dcottawa.on.ca/

Québec and Ontario

(French Speaking Only)
Tel-Aide Outaouais:
Distress Line (Gatineau): 819-775-3223
Distress Line (Ottawa): 613-741-6433
Toll Free: 1-800-567-9699
Website:
telaideoutaouais.ca/

Wellington and Dufferin Counties

Torchlight
Distress Lines:
519-821-3760
or: 1-888-821-3760
Crisis Line: 519-821-0140
of: 1-877-822-0140
Website:
torchlightcanada.org/

Windsor & Essex County

The Downtown Mission
Distress Line:
519-256-5000
Website:
downtownmission.com/

Prevention

Getting counseling soon after a loss may help, especially for people at increased risk of developing complicated grief. In addition, caregivers providing end-of-life care for a loved one may benefit from counseling and support to help prepare for death and its emotional aftermath.

  • Talking about your grief and allowing yourself to cry also can help prevent you from getting stuck in your sadness.
  • Support. Family members, friends, social support groups and your faith community are all good options to help you work through your grief.
  • Bereavement counseling. Through early counseling after a loss, you can explore emotions surrounding your loss and learn healthy coping skills. This may help prevent negative thoughts and beliefs from gaining such a strong hold that they’re difficult to overcome.

Treatment

Psychiatrists can help people experiencing long-term disability, depression, or social isolation following the death of a loved one. Depending on the severity of major depression and disability associated with persistent complex bereavement or complicated grief, the psychiatrist may prescribe well-tested medication and/or psychotherapy. The overall treatment goal is return-to-function following the loss.

Psychotherapy

Complicated Grief Treatment involves learning about complicated grief and how it’s treated, explore topics as grief reactions, complicated grief symptoms, adjusting to your loss and redefining your life goals, exploring and processing thoughts and emotions, improving coping skills, reducing feelings of blame and guilt.

Other types of psychotherapy can help you address other mental health conditions, such as depression or PTSD, which can occur along with complicated grief.

Medications

Antidepressants may be helpful in people who have clinical depression as well as complicated grief.