How should teens talk about suicide?
When 14 year-old Daron Richardson killed herself last November, the issue of teen suicide rose to the surface in Ottawa. And since then, there have been countless school assemblies, and public talks about teen suicide. But the question remains -- what should teens do if a friend says they want to die?
Krystal Shannon, the friend of Jesse Graham --- a 17 year old in Perth who killed himself last June, just days before his high school graduation -- has been wondering that since her friend died. And for a response, we spoke with Anne Marie Nicolson. She's a suicide intervention trainser with the Royal Ottawa Hospital, and she joined us on Tuesday's show.
If you or a loved one needs someone to talk to about suicide or mental health, these organizations can help:
- The Child, Youth and Family Crisis Line for Eastern Ontario (1-877-377-7775)
- Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868)
- Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa (613-260-2360)
- Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth (613-264-1415)