Conestoga Student Success


Be well so you can do well.

  • Need someone to talk to?
  • Concerned about your mental health?
  • Want to make changes but not sure where to start?

Students helping Students

Recognize signs of distress/suicide

  • Stated need for help
  • References to suicide
  • Changes in mood and behavior
  • Overwhelmed and unable to function
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Dealing with abuse (physical, sexual or emotional)

If your friend has:

  • Expressed thoughts of suicide
  • Made a plan
  • Has the means to hurt themselves or someone else (e.g. pills or a weapon)
  • Attempted suicide or hurt themselves in the past

You can help:

  1. Offer to talk, listen and be a support
  2. Call and access help and support:

What if my friend refuses help?

Your friend's level of distress may cause him or her to have difficulty receiving help.

  • Sometimes this level of distress may cause people to be unable to think clearly about their situation and the different options available to them.
  • Your direct help with intervening in this situation is the priority to helping your friend through this crisis situation
  • Safety trumps privacy – keeping them alive will allow them to have a future with you
  • If you are unsure how to approach the situation, you can consult with a mental health professional
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