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After Daniel: a suicide survivor's tale / Farr, Moira -- Toronto: Harper Flamingo Canada, 1999.
Moira describes her personal grief journey while asking many questions about suicide, our society, the mental health system, and our stigmas.
FAM RC 569 .F37 1999

Aider à prévenir le suicide chez les jeunes / Lambin, Michèle. -- Montreal: Éditions du CHU Sainte-Justine, 2010.
Cette nouvelle édition, destinée aux parents ainsi qu'au professionnels de la santé et aux intervenants sociaux, dresse un portrait complet de l'adolescent et explore plus en profondeur l'école comme milieu de vie du jeune. De plus, elle met à jour nos connaissances sur les problèmes de santé mentale et sur les conduites suicidaires. Elle comporte également une section où l'auteur répond aux questions les plus fréquemment posées sur le suicide chez les jeunes.
FAM RC 569 .L33 2010

Choosing life: Bobby's story / Pinette, Gilles -- Southampton, ON: Ningwakwe Learning Press, 2002.
Bobby is a depressed teen who almost commits suicide.  He is sent to live with his great grandfather who teaches his about his Aboriginal heritage. Based on a true story.
FAM E 98 .S9 .P6 2002

The cruelest death: the enigma of adolescent suicide / Lester, David -- Philadelphia: Charles Press, 1993.
All facets of adolescent suicide are covered, including a statistical overview; a review of possible causes and predictors of the suicidal impulse in young persons; suggestions for prevention, assessment, and treatment; and advice for survivors.
FAM RC 569 .L47 1993

Depression and other mood disorders / Field, Jon Eben. -- St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree Publishing Company, 2014.
Mental health is an important and often misunderstood concept.  Depression and other mood disorders helps explain the importance of social and emotional health, as well as the symptoms and possible treatments.  This book provides an open and honest discussion about stigma and how to help a friend or family member with depression.
FAM RJ 506 .D4 F54 2014

Depression and your child: a guide for parents and caregivers / Serani, Deborah. -- Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2013.
This book contains specific tips, recommendations, and case examples to help make parenting a depressed child less challenging. It provides parents and caregivers an understanding of pediatric depression, its causes, its symptoms, and its treatments. Current research, treatments and trends are presented and tough subjects like self-harm, suicide and recovery plans are addressed with supportive direction.
FAM RJ 506 .D4 S58 2013

Dépression et suicide chez les jeunes: guide pour les parents / Williams, Kate -- Montreal: Editions Sciences et Culture, 1996.
L’auteure a écrit ce livre pour aider les parents à : reconnaître les signes d’un jeune en crise et trouver de l’aide immédiate et efficace, faire face aux problèmes des adolescent(e)s, y compris la dépression, affronter leurs propres sentiments de honte et d’insuffisance socio-affective, réagir aux répercussions de la dépression des adolescent(e)s sur tout le système familial, et créer une vie de famille gouvernable.
FAM RC 569 .W55 1996

Eternal high: a teenager's experience with depression and suicide that will change your life [DVD] / -- Sherborn, MA: Aquarius Health Care Media, 2006.
Bryce captured his true-life battle with depression and suicide in this 6 time award-winning film.  It’s an excellent resource and tool enabling anyone including teenagers, parents and teachers to discuss depression and suicide openly, erasing the stigma still existing today.
FAM RC 569 .E8 2006 DVD

Helping your child cope with depression and suicidal thoughts / Shamoo, Tonia K. -- San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass, 1997.
This guide will show parents: how to learn to talk, listen, and communicate effectively with a depressed child; what situations can cause a child or adolescent to wish to commit suicide; what signs to watch for; myths and misinformation about suicide; how to determine the risk of suicide; and how to intervene.
FAM RC 569 .S48 1997

Hope and healing after suicide: a practical guide for people who have lost someone to suicide in Ontario / Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. -- Toronto: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 2011.
This guide addresses many personal issues related to a death by suicide, including telling others, working through the grief, finding what helps people to heal, and grieving in children and youth.
FAM RC 569 .O68 2011

Night falls fast: understanding suicide / Jamison, Kay Redfield -- New York: Knopf, 1999.
This is a book that may help you to understand the suicidal mind, to recognize and come to the aid of those at risk, and to comprehend the profound effects on those left behind. It is critical reading for parents, educators, and anyone wanting to understand this tragic epidemic.

FAM RC 569 .J36 1999

Out of the darkness: teens and suicide / Crook, Marion -- Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2003.
This book explores all aspects of teen suicide including an examination of the history of teen suicide in various cultures, the role of parents and schools in prevention, and coping strategies for teens.
FAM RC 569 .C758 2003

A parent's guide for suicidal and depressed teens: help for recognizing if a child is in crisis and what to do about it / Williams, Kate -- Center City, MN: Hazelden Foundation, 1995.
This book will help parents recognize the signs of a child in crisis; how to find immediate, effective help; and how to deal with ongoing adolescent issues, including depression.
FAM RC 569 .W55 1995

Parenting through the storm: how to handle the highs, the lows and everything in between / Douglas, Ann. -- Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, 2015.
This book features interviews with experts on children's mental health as well as parents and young people who have lived with (or who are living with) mental illness. Drawing on her own experience and expertise, the author shows how to cope with years of worry and frustration about a child's behaviour; how to effectively advocate for the child and work through treatments; how to manage siblings' concerns and emotions; and, most importantly, how to thrive as a family.
FAM RJ 499.3 .D68 2015

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Web Sites

Helping children & youth who are feeling suicidal - CHEO / Aider les enfants et les jeunes qui ont des idées suicidaires - CHEO

Have THAT Talk – Ottawa Public Health / Temps d’EN parler – Santé publique Ottawa

Together to Live / Vivons ensemble

Suicide – MedlinePlus from the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Centre for Suicide Prevention

The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) / Association canadienne pour la prévention du suicide (ACPS)

Teen Suicide - American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

KidsHealth– Information for Kids,Teens and Parents from the Nemours Foundation

Preventing Suicide - Canadian Mental Health Association / Prévenir le suicide - l’Association canadienne pour la santé mentale

Association québécoise de prévention du suicide

Suicide – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

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Are we being hyper-vigilant about suicide watch? – CHEOvideos

What can I do now to reduce future risk of suicide in my children? - CHEOvideos

Are you having suicidal thoughts? – CHEOvideos

How can you tell if a youth is serious about killing themself? – CHEOvideos 

How do you explain the suicide of someone you know to your child? – CHEOvideos

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Always There / Toujours à l’écoute
● From Kids Help Phone / Jeunesse j’écoute
● Free / Gratuit
● English and French / anglais et français
● Last updated March 2018 / Dernière mise-à-jour 2018 mars
● The Kids Help Phone app provides a password protected space for you to log your feelings during the day, as well as youth-submitted inspirational quotes, tips on taking care of yourself, and jokes aimed at helping you cope with stress. The Info Booth has lots of information on emotional health topics and more.  Finally, the app can also connect you directly with a Kids Help Phone counselor over the phone, or during certain hours, Live Chat. / L’application Toujours à l’écoute offre un espace protégé par mot de passe pour recueillir tes émotions au courant de la journée, et pour accéder à des pensées inspirantes, des conseils pour prendre soin de toi et des blagues qui ont le but de t’aider à gérer le stress.  Le kiosque d’info offre beaucoup d’information sur la santé émotionnelle ainsi que d’autres sujets. Enfin, l’application peut également te connecter directement avec un intervenant de Jeunesse J’écoute par téléphone, ou à notre service de clavardage pendant ses heures d’ouverture.
● Available from / Disponible depuis Google Play & iTunes

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Local Contacts

Ottawa Distress
Line: 613-238-3311
Outaouais Distress Line:1-866-676-1080
Champlain District Mental Health Crisis Line: 613-722-6914 or 1-866-996-0991

Youth Crisis Line / Ligne de crise
The 24/7 Crisis Line & Chat services are for children and youth ages 18 and under who are experiencing a crisis, and for parents, guardians, caregivers, friends or service providers who are concerned about a young person in crisis. / Le services de ligne de crise & clavardage sont offerts aux enfants et aux jeunes de 18 ans et moins qui vivent une situation de crise, et aux parents, aux tuteurs, aux aidants, aux amis et aux fournisseurs de services qui s’inquiètent au sujet d’un jeune en situation de crise.

Kids Help Phone /Jeunesse j’écoute

Canadian Mental Health Association - Ottawa Branch / Section d'Ottawa de l'Association canadienne pour la santé mentale
1355 Bank St., Suite 301
Ottawa,ONK1H 8K7

Suicide Action Montreal
866-277-3553 (Ailleurs au Québec)

PLEO – Parents Lifelines of Eastern Ontario / PLEO – Parents: Lignes de secours de l’est de l’Ontario
Ottawa: 613-321-3211
Outside Ottawa / À l’extérieur d’Ottawa: 1-855-775-7005 (Toll Free / sans frais)
Our Helpline is Staffed Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm / Notre ligne d’aide téléphonique est disponible du lundi au vendredi, de 9h à 19h.

Crossroads Children’s Mental Health Centre
1755 Courtwood Crescent
Ottawa, ON K2C 3J2
Programs: For additional information on any of our programs please call 613-723-1623, extension 232.
Referrals: If you wish to make a referral and/or request services for your child, please contact our Intake Department at 613-723-1623, extension 232.

This guide provides medical material for information purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your physician. The information may not always apply to your individual situation. 

The guide represents material available in the Family Resource Centre collection at CHEO. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Your local public library may also be able to provide valuable information.

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Last Updated: November 2018
Links Tested: November 2018

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