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If you find yourself in need of immediate help, call Emergency Services – 911.

These are examples of situations that you should seek immediate help:

  • Thinking about ending your life or trying to end your life.
  • Feeling scared because you’re experiencing sensations that aren’t real and/or beliefs that can’t possibly be true.
  • Becoming unable to care for yourself, and it’s putting you at risk of serious harm.
  • Experiencing an alcohol or any other drug overdose.
  • Taking a dangerous combination of substances (like medications and alcohol).

You can also

  • call the crisis line at 1-800-784-2433
  • chat online with Kids Help Phone
  • SMS/Text Kids Help Phone by texting CONNECT to 686868, if you would like to stop the conversation text STOP

For other phone, chat or text support options, visit our Get Support section.

Body Image & Eating Tips

Our bodies do not define who we are. Check out these tips to help you develop healthy body image and eating patterns.

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Tips

Remember that most aspects of your body cannot be changed.

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All bodies are wired to be a certain size and shape. Your body will fight to keep the shape it was born to be. What you can change are your beliefs and attitudes about your body. Change starts with you.

Recognize that your weight is not a measure of self-worth.

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And why should it be? Your self-worth is your view of yourself as a whole person – your personality, your kindness, your talents, the contributions you make with your family, friends, community, and more. Your weight is just weight. Don’t make it any more important than that.

Look at the positive things in life.

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Shut down those voices in your head that say your body is not “right”. Overpower those negative thoughts with positive ones. Think of anything positive that has happened to you today and how it made you feel.

Be critical when it comes to the media.

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Notice the images, ads, and people on social media, etc., that make you feel bad about yourself. Challenge them! Are they realistic? Remember, your worth does not depend on how closely you fit these unrealistic images.

Surround yourself with positive people, including those on social media.

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It is easier to feel good about yourself when you are around others who know it is important to like yourself and each other just as you naturally are. These people can support you in making you feel good about yourself.

Keep a list of the positives in your life and things you like about yourself.

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Your talents, your accomplishments, intelligence, favourite sports, best friends – things that aren’t related to your appearance. Add more to this list as you become more aware of things you like about yourself and go over it when you begin to feel bad about yourself.

Do something nice for yourself – something that lets your body know you appreciate and respect it.

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Some examples might be taking a bubble bath, getting your hair cut, or buying a new outfit – and be sure to choose clothing that is comfortable and makes you feel good about your body.

Appreciate the purpose and all of the functions that your body can do.

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For example, your arms make it possible to give a hug, your face allows you to make expressions! Your body, all of it, truly is a masterpiece. It not an enemy that needs to be controlled. You might even like to write a thank-you letter to your body about being your greatest ally!

Talk to someone you trust.

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It can be helpful to talk through what you’re feeling with it’s a friend, family member, teacher, coach or reaching out to someone who has been there like a Peer Support worker. Not sure where to start? Check out our Tips for Talking with Someone and 8 Easy Tips for Venting to Friends.

What Next?

For more self-care options check out the Apps & Tools section. Sometimes help from a professional is needed, check out the Get Support section.