My novel Break in Case of Emergency deals with teen mental health and suicide. If you’re struggling with anxiety or feelings of depression or if other people are being cruel to you and you don’t think you can face another day, please know there are other people who are going through similar experiences. You might not know their names or where they live, but they’re out there. And there are people who want to help you and can help you. All you need to do is reach out. Special thanks to the youth librarians at Toronto Public Library for helping put this resource list together.
The LifeLine App is a national, free suicide prevention and awareness app that offers access and guidance for those suffering or in crisis and for those who have suffered the devastating loss of a loved one from suicide. Go to thelifelinecanada.ca/lifeline-canada-foundation/lifeline-app to learn more.
Phone, Text and Online Chat Resources
Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS), by Crisis Services Canada (CSC), offers crisis support by phone any- where in Canada, in French or English, 24/7. Call 1-833- 456-4566 toll-free at any time, or text 45645 between 4 p.m. and midnight EST.
The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada in English and French, and in Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut by request, 24/7. Call 1-855-242-3310 toll-free at any time, or go to hopeforwellness.ca to chat online.
IMAlive is a live online network that uses instant messaging to respond to people in crisis. All of its volunteers are trained and certified in crisis intervention. Visit imalive.org and click the “Chat Now” button to speak with a volunteer if you’re in crisis or considering suicide.
Kids Help Phone offers professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French. Call 1-800- 668-6868, chat online at kidshelpphone.ca/live-chat or text CONNECT to 686868.
(Le service Francophone) Jeunesse, J’écoute est un service de soutien à l’échelle du pays qui est accessible 24/7. Nous offrons un service d’intervention professionnelle, d’infor- mation, de ressources et un service de soutien bénévole par texto aux jeunes, en français et en anglais. Téléphoner 1-800-668-6868, clavarde en ligne à jeunessejecoute.ca/clavarde-en-ligne ou texte PARLER à 686868.
Tel-Jeunes est un service pour les adolescents francophones. Téléphoner 1-800-263-2266, texte 1-514-600- 1002, discuter en ligne ou posez un question sur une forme à teljeunes.com/Accueil.
Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy and education to people of all ages. The Lifeline is run 24/7 by trans people for trans and questioning callers. Call 1-877-330-6366.
YouthSpace.ca is a place for youth across Canada, thirty years of age and under, who are experiencing any sort of crisis. A community of volunteers is here to support you—whatever you’re going through. Text 778-783-0177 from 6 p.m. to midnight PST or go to youthspace.ca/ecounselling to send a message to a professional Youth Counsellor.
Your Life Counts! is a multicultural, global community of people from all walks of life who are united in their belief that suicide is never the answer. Visit yourlifecounts.org/find-help to view a list of resources in your area.
Crisis Centre Directories
Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention: suicideprevention.ca/Need-Help
The LifeLine Canada Foundation: thelifelinecanada.ca/help/crisis-centres/canadian-crisis-centres
Interested in books?
Toronto Public Library puts out an annual list for teens called The List, which features recommended books on a variety of topics, Check out the website, which includes books that deal with a bunch of different topics, including mental health.