https://kidshelpphone.ca/ —> free e-mental health services for children and youth all across Canada, and many free resources and articles for anyone interested in learning more about mental health, wellness, personal safety, and supporting others
https://cmha.ca/ —> link to the main website for the Canadian Mental Health Association. Numerous free resources for those interested in learning more about how to manage one’s own mental health, as well as how to better support others. Websites and contact information for the branches of the CMHA in specific regions can be found on their website, where there are various training opportunities and community-specific resources listed.
https://bethere.org/Home —> free online training provided by Jack.org and the Born This Way Foundation. The course takes less than 2 hours to complete and is a fantastic starting point for learning how to better support those around you. You will learn how to recognize the signs that someone may be struggling, how to begin the often difficult conversation, and how to ensure that you are taking care of yourself throughout the process as well.
https://www.nvisioncenters.com/education/childhood-bullying-glasses/ —> This is a resource to help kids and their families navigate bullying and harassment and is designed specifically for kids with visual impairments.
If you or someone you know is struggling and/or if you would like to speak to someone to get more information:
Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 (also live chat and texting options)
Good2Talk: 1-866-925-5454 (for postsecondary students in Ontario and Nova Scotia)
LGBT YouthLine: 647-694-4275 (text/chat peer support for 2SLGBTQ+ individuals aged 29 and under, not a crisis line)
Black Youth Helpline: 1-833-294-8650 (support for Black youth, not a crisis line)
Talk 4 Healing: 1-855-554-4325 (support provided by Indigenous women, for Indigenous women, talk, text, and chat services available)