This series of informational videos and resources aim to reduce stigma and build the capacity of parents, educators and care providers to identify and respond to youth experiencing suicidal and self-harm behaviours. They were created by an expert child and youth psychiatrist, a team of fellow psychiatrists, and young adults and parents with lived experience.
The purpose of these resource videos is to enhance children and youth’s mental health by equipping the various adults in their lives with mental health literacy, strategies and support specific to suicidality and self-harm.
Suicide and Non-Suicidal Self Injury: what it is and who is affected?
In this presentation-style video, Dr. Black explores topics of youth suicidality and self-harm, focusing on definitions and B.C. based data and statistics to help build capacity and foundational knowledge on these topics so we are better informed to support the youth in our lives.
Helping People with Suicidal Thinking and Non-Suicidal Self Injury
In this presentation-style video, Dr. Black talks about suicide and self harm in a way that helps you understand develop a supportive approach to these issues. Understanding the why and contributing factors is important to develop and approach for the youth you are worried about.
Who Struggles with Suicidal Thinking and Self Harm?
Exploring B.C. context of the what the statistics represent including exploring overrepresented populations hearing from psychiatrist expert on youth suicide, school counsellors and young adults with lived experience with youth suicidal thinking and self-injury.
Indigenous Cultural Safety
Indigenous youth are over-represented in our statistics related to suicide and self-harm. Exploring how we can respect the cultures of people through the voices of Indigenous youth and adults.
Why Do Youth Struggle with Suicidal Thinking?
Investigating the stressors, capacity to cope with stressors and ways to help hearing form experts and young adults with lived experience.
Why Do Youth Self Harm?
Answering the question of what non-suicidal self injury is and exploring why many youth use self-harming behaviours.
Tips on Talking with Your Youth About Suicide and Self-Harm
Guidance and strategies for engaging in open conversations with the youth in your life about suicide and self-harm.
Resources Available in B.C.
Where to go with concerns you may have about the youth in your life and how to access additional supports.
PDF tips and resources
Tips For Talking to Your Youth About Suicide (PDF)
Tips For Talking to Your Youth About Self Harm (PDF)