MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
How and where to seek help
As we slowly discover more and more about mental health each week, it is also important to know what resources are available to you. At this present moment, the world needs as many avenues as possible to help us all with our mental health needs. We want to feel safe, healthy and heard, and while the number of resources available are slowly increasing over time, we need to focus on making people aware of those resources.
In Canada, there are a number of such resources available, and this week, we will be highlighting some of the most accessible ones. According to Health Link BC, here are some important numbers to take note of, which may help you on your journey to recovery:
- 1-800-SUICIDE: This one is for anyone who is considering suicide or is concerned about someone who may be. This number (1-800-784-2433) directs you to The Canada Suicide Prevention Centre and is available to you 24/7. Support is offered in both, English and French, however, if you do not feel comfortable in speaking to someone, you could also text the same number between 4pm – 12am any given day.
- 310Mental Health Support: As the name suggests, this helpline exists to provide emotional support to anyone who is struggling mentally. Offered by the Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of British Columbia, it offers provincewide confidential and non-judgemental emotional support to anyone living in the province of British Columbia. If you are feeling down, or just need someone to talk to, call 310-6789 or toll-free at 1-866-872-0113.
- Kid’s Help Phone: Canada Kid’s Help phone is a confidential national support service offered to all kids, teens and young adults across the country. This helpline assists with a wide range of topics such as bullying, abuse, friends and family, emotional wellbeing and more. Also open 24/7, support can be offered in French or English, and is also available via text. All you would have to do is either call a counsellor at 1-800-668-6868 or text 686868, and you will be put in touch with a trained volunteer crisis responder who will listen to you and help you through whatever it is you are feeling.
- Canadian Crisis Hotline: Very similar to 310Mental Health Support in BC, this offers help to all youth and adults across Canada in need of mental health support. Simply call 1-888-353-2273, which is available to you 24/7 as well.
- 9-1-1: This one is recommended in any extenuating circumstances, and is always available. Available to you in case of all police or medical emergencies, all phone calls to 9-1-1 are free, regardless of whether your calls are made from a home phone, cell phone or pay phone.
Lastly, Reach Out Together is always available to anyone who would like to educate themselves on more mental health supports. While we are not mental health professionals or counsellors, we are here to help guide you in the right direction, if ever needed. For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .