Stick to Life Toolbox
Because suicidal thoughts tend to stick around until something is done about them, it is best to get help as soon as possible. Sometimes, it can take reaching out for help over and over again, in order to find the right fit. This may take a lot of effort and courage, but the following list of phone numbers and websites should help kick-start the process.
Numbers to Call in Crisis
If someone is at immediate risk of suicide, it is a serious matter of life and death. Call 911 or go to the emergency department of the closest hospital.
Island Helpline 1-800-218-2885
This anonymous and confidential service is available 24 hours. Volunteers are trained in suicide intervention and other counselling strategies.
Visit the Health PEI website for a complete list of clinics in your area.
The PEI Helping Tree
The PEI Helping Tree contains over 100 phone numbers for support organizations and services on PEI. Download either the English version or the French version so you can link to services that are online.
Resources for/about Men and Depression
Canadian Mental Health Association/PEI Division has three resource libraries located in Charlottetown, Summerside and Alberton. These libraries provide individuals and families with information and support resources on mental health and mental illness including resources for men dealing with depression and those that care for them. Resources for men dealing with depression and their loved ones include the following:
Men and Depression: What to do When the Man You Care About Is Depressed, Theresa Francis-Cheung and Robin Grey, Thorsons, London, England, 2002. This book offers both help and understanding for men suffering from depression and those that care about them.
Is He Depressed or What?, David B. Wexler, New Harbinger Publications, Inc., Oakland, Ca, 2005. If you think a man in your life is struggling with depression, this book can help you recognize his symptoms and encourage him in overcoming his depresssed feelings. This book offers compassionate advice to help you do what’s best for him, for yourself, and for your relationship.
Men Get Depression, State of the Art, Inc, PBS, 2008, 60 minutes. This is a documentary that explores the effects of depression in men on the man with the illness, relationships and careers through the profiles of real men and their families, including a former NFL quarterback, a Fortune 500 CEO, an Iraq war veteran, pastor and others. Medical authorities on depression also discuss its causes, symptoms and treatments.
Information about Resource Library materials in Charlottetown and Summerside can be accessed here.
Mental Health Services
These programs and services can be helpful to someone living with a mental health problem, as well as someone at risk of suicide. They can also provide support to family and friends who are impacted by these issues.
Canadian Mental Health Association/Prince County 436-7399
Summerside Community Mental Health & Addictions 888-8180
Evangeline Community Health Centre 854-7259
Canadian Mental Health Association/West Prince 853-3871
West Prince Mental Health 853-8670
Canadian Mental Health Association/PEI Division 566-3034
Richmond Centre 368-4430
McGill Centre 368-4911
Montague Community Mental Health & Addictions 838-0960
Souris Community Mental Health & Addictions 687-7110