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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.

Stress: The Basics

Start here to find out more about stress.

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What is it?

Stress can be defined as a strain on our ability to deal with challenges that come up in our daily lives. Stress can make you feel tense and under pressure. We all experience stress from time to time, but continuing to feel stressed can be hard on your emotions, mind, and body.

It is important to understand what can trigger stress so you can learn how to manage it. If you’re feeling stressed, take a moment to figure out what’s going on in your life that’s causing the stress.

What causes stress?

Stress can be caused by things like:

  • Major changes in our lives like moving, changing schools, graduating or starting college/university
  • Pressure to meet deadlines at school or work
  • Arguing or fighting with friends, family or co-workers
  • Problems in a relationship  a break up or a fight
  • Daily hassles like getting stuck in traffic, missing the bus or being late
  • Health problems personal or family
  • Your own thoughts, such as worrying too much
  • High expectations either yours or someone else’s
  • Trying to balance school, work, family and social life
  • Being unemployed and trying to find a job
  • Problems with money

What you can do if you’ve been feeling stressed

Learn how to manage stress to help keep it from affecting your mental and physical well-being. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Explore the “What Next” options below to learn about the early signs and help you decide on steps you can take.
  • Check out these Tips and Apps & Tools for things you can do to help manage stress.
  • Talk to someone you trust and let them know how you’re feeling. Check out Tips for Talking to Someone for help getting started. 
  • If you think you need support from someone else, check out our Get Support section for a variety of options. 

What Next?

If you want to learn more about the early signs or find out if this is something you are experiencing here are a few options.