“We know that sometimes it seems that we don’t see you or know you or get you and maybe sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we forget.
But we want you to know that you are precious to us, to our community. you are loved, you are sacred, you are strong, you are powerful. We need your presence. You are our family, you are our friends.
We know sometimes it gets bad but please remember who you are. You are wise, you are funny, you are smart. You are beautiful. We respect you.
We love you. You are our future. We need you here.”
Information for Youth
If You Are Feeling Suicidal: Tell someone right away. Contact a crisis line or talk to an adult, such as a parent, teacher or school counsellor. It may not seem like it now, but things can and do change. Asking for help opens the door to change.
Stigma: For many young people the thought of being different from their friends or social group can be frightening. The importance of fitting in is one of the main reasons a person does not seek help for problems. This is particularly true for issues concerning mental and emotional health which can carry a burden of stigma and shame.
What Is Stigma? Stigma is a negative stereotype you may hold about someone, something or even yourself. We discriminate against and label those we see as having characteristics that are undesirable. In doing this we establish a sense of separation between “us” and “them.” Ultimately stigma is about disrespect.
What effect does this have on the person(s) being stigmatized? When we hold negative attitudes toward someone it frequently results in the person feeling dismissed, marginalized and less than human. Poor self esteem can follow, as well as a loss of hope and even thoughts of suicide. Because of stigma and a fear of being rejected the person may not actively seek help when they need it.
Examine Your Own Attitude: Ask yourself – Do I stereotype people who are different? Do I treat them with disrespect? We all have the capacity to discriminate against others. Even children as young as three can recognize when someone is different. By stigmatizing we can feel a sense of separation and relief that “I am normal’. The good news is this can change…
Where Did My Attitude Come From? Many of the images and views we hold about people who have mental illness or who may be suicidal have a long history. These beliefs are reinforced by the media who often portray people with mental illness as unpredictable and aggressive or dangerous and violent.
How Can I Change Things? Get informed! The best way to counteract the stigma of mental illness and suicidal behaviour is to get the facts. Mental illness can develop after a traumatic event or it may be linked to the genetic makeup of a person.
Be compassionate and understanding. When you encounter a friend, classmate, teammate or even a stranger who may have different ways of doing things or a different way of being, treat them how you would want to be treated. We all have times when we feel down, angry, overwhelmed, or unable to cope.
Remember, normal is a state that really doesn’t exist. We are all human – interesting, flawed, talented….. different. The thing to remember is when different means mentally unwell, help is available. Support from family, friends, teammates, school teachers and strangers is crucial.
Mental health is different for everyone, and talking about it can bring up strong emotions. Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 to help boost understanding of mental health so you can feel more empowered to talk about it. A safe space for young people (20 years old and under). Get info, contact a counsellor, try our surveys and games.
They work at all levels to assist Arctic children and youth to attain standards of living, education, opportunities, health and well-being equal to those of other Canadians. ACYF is mandated to serve children and youth in the Canadian northern territories and regions, focusing on Inuvialuit, Nunavut, Nunavik, and Nunatsiavut.
A provincial resource centre that provides mental health and substance use information, resources, and peer support to children, youth and their families from across BC. We also provide peer support to people of all ages with eating disorders. Free Phone, In-Person or eMail support.
Youth In BC is a free online crisis, suicide prevention, and emotional support service for youth under 25 in British Columbia and Yukon. It Connects youth with support, information and resources. Online chat is available from 12pm to 1am in BC & Yukon for 25 and under.
French Canadian. C’est un service où tu peux échanger sur un sujet qui te préoccupe et avoir l’avis d’autres jeunes comme toi. Viens consulter les différentes sections du forum. Ce mois-ci, notre Top forum porte sur les problèmes personnels.
Keeping your teen safe online is near the top of the worry list for parents today. Kids do everything online, from learning to socialising, gaming to shopping. For teens, learning how to recognise the risks and protect themselves is a life skill they’ll need for years to come.
The national network of young leaders transforming the way we think about mental health. With initiatives and programs designed with the input of young people at every step, we will end stigma in our generation.
This Mind Check website was created in order to assist young people to identify and understand mental distress they may be experiencing and to link them to sources of help that will enable them to learn skills and strategies to manage these problems.
ConnecTeen is a confidential peer support service for youth in Calgary and area. If you ever have a question, a problem or just need someone to talk to, give us a call, drop us an email, send us a text or chat with us online.
As part of The Nemours Foundation’s Center for Children’s Health Media, KidsHealth also provides families with perspective, advice, and comfort about a wide range of physical, emotional, and behavioral issues that affect children and teens.
Crisis intervention & suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth ages 13–24
Call: 1-866-488-7386 24 hrs
Trevor Text: Fridays late afternoon to early evening. Text “Trevor” to 202-304-1200
When things get tough, when it’s hard to cope, when feeling becomes too much – places where we all have been – the need to make it through becomes eminent. As this is something we all can relate to in one way or another, it should be easy to understand why you or someone you love has turned to alcohol to soothe or numb the pain.
Recognizing the signs of addiction is the first step to getting help for yourself or guiding someone you care about to rehab. For this reason, it is critical to have an understanding of the signs of addiction. There are behavioral, physical, and psychological signs of addiction.
RehabCenter.net is the Web’s most comprehensive guide to quality rehab centers and addiction treatment. We offer free and confidential information about the many effective and empowering rehab options available today.
Drugs and alcohol have a greater effect on teens than on adults. The Signs of Addiction can be difficult to understand, and many teens don’t realize the long-term damage drugs have on their bodies because the short-term side effects fade. Help is available for teens who have questions about drug abuse, treatment or think they are suffering from addiction.
If you or a friend, peer or sibling have been involved in a self/peer exploitation incident (“sexting”), we are here to help. This site provides you with guidance on steps you can take to get through this.
International Youth Resources
Common Ground At Common Ground, they’re dedicated to helping people move from crisis to hope.
Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service (New York) Text message Mondays through Fridays from 6 to 9 pm for free and confidential crisis counseling. Emotional problems, big or small, they will listen without judgement and help you find your own best solutions. The Chat will be for teens and young adults, among others, in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions of New York.
Crisis Text Line Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.
Iowa Crisis Chat (Iowa) If you prefer typing to talking, use your computer to access this free instant-messaging service. IowaCrisisChat.org offers online emotional support for anyone in need. Online Chat is available 24 hours a day.
Teen Line Do you need help working something out? Do you want to talk to someone who understands, like another teen? They are here to help.
866Teenlink Teen Link offers a confidential, anonymous, and non-judgmental help line for youth ages 13-20, every evening between 6-10 p.m.
Canvas Health Canvas Health’s Crisis Connection provides qualified counselors who are able to respond to any problem 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by phone or text.
Your Life, Your Voice If you are having thoughts of harming yourself or you are being abused, contact them. Text with a counselor for free. Every day, 2pm to 1am CST.
Kids Helpline Any time. Any reason. You can talk with their team on a call, via email or WebChat. They listen and care. Talking helps.
Reach Out The help you need, where and when you need it.
The Lowdown Sometimes life’s ups and downs are more than just the usual ups and downs. If you’re stuck feeling bad we’ll help you figure out if it could be anxiety or depression. Whatever’s going on you’ll find ideas and people who can help you get unstuck.
Youthline Youthline works with young people, their families and those supporting young people.
Childline They are here for you on the phone or online. Or try getting support from other young people on their message boards.
The Mix The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. We are here to help you take on any challenge you’re facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to us 24 hours a day via online, social or our free, confidential helpline.
Leeds Nightline (Leeds) Leeds Nightline is a listening and information service for students in Leeds. They also offer e-listening online with Instant Messaging that runs from 8pm until midnight or you can email.
MindOut (LGBTQ) They provide advice & information, advocacy, a peer support group programme, wellbeing activities and events, a peer mentoring service, and online chat service.
Feeling anxious, sad or lonely? Going through a tough time? We are here to help, you are not alone.
The Good Limbo is an online mental health community. We have forums and a Discord chat server where you can talk to others who understand. Whether you want to seek support, or just need a distraction, we’re here for you.
Whether you are going through a challenging time or just want to talk to someone, at 7 Cups you’ll find a path connecting you to kind people and helping you develop new skills to solve your problems.
Empty Closets (LGBTQ) Empty Closets offers a forum where you can join in with a wide range of discussions or start your own, a chat room, useful articles and links. Members can also create their own galleries and blogs.
Removing Chains Removing Chains is your live chat support site offering hope, love and encouragement to victimized people globally. Use of the site is always free and open 24/7. RemovingChains.org is a light on a hill for anyone suffering in darkness and silence, alone or in fear.
Teen Depression Community This patient support community is for discussions relating to teen depression, abuse, aggressive behavior, alcohol and drug abuse, anxiety, behavioral issues, fatigue, gastrointestinal problems, grief loss, parent issues, relationship problems, school issues, self-esteem, sexuality, sleep disorders, and step-families.