This is a practical guide to help you through…
the first few moments
then the first few hours
then the first few days
then the first few years
…after the suicide of someone close to you.
This guide—written with the help of many suicide survivors and the health professionals who work with them—focuses on the practical matters that survivors need to deal with after a suicide. We hope it will help you through this difficult time.
Why CAMH developed this Ontario guide
This guide is an adaptation of Hope and Healing: A Practical Guide for Survivors of Suicide, which was developed to provide timely, practical advice to survivors of suicide in Alberta. The loss and grief experienced by family and friends—and the prac- tical matters that need attending to—when someone dies by suicide can be especially complex and challenging.
Do you need more help?
Contact a community organization like the Canadian Mental Health Association to learn more about support and resources in your area.
Founded in 1918, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization in Canada. Through a presence in hundreds of neighbourhoods across every province, CMHA provides advocacy and resources that help to prevent mental health problems and illnesses, support recovery and resilience, and enable all Canadians to flourish and thrive.