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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.

Mindfulness: The Basics

"Mindfulness is about paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment and without judgement." - Jon Kabat-Zinn

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What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is paying attention to what you’re thinking, feeling and experiencing. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time. There are a lot of ways you can do it, and a lot of ways it can be helpful for your mind, body and relationships.

Mindfulness is for anyone – no matter who you are or where you’re from. It can be helpful to understand the history of mindfulness. The practice of mindfulness goes back thousands of years and has roots in Buddhism. But, you don’t need to belong to any religion to practice and benefit from mindfulness. Mindfulness teaches us how to be present, aware, compassionate and non-judgemental.  These values aren’t tied to a specific belief system, and can be helpful for people with various beliefs. See the Mindfulness for Teens Website for more information on the history of mindfulness.

Please note: The practice of mindfulness can be helpful for people with disorders related to trauma. In such cases, we recommend working with a skilled mindfulness instructor as some people may re-experience traumatic memories.

Before we get into the details about mindfulness, it might be helpful to try it for yourself. Try this short breathing exercise to get a feel for it.

Did you like this exercise? Download the Breathr App.

What Next?

Want to explore and learn more? Here are a couple options that will help you.