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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).

Call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433), Live Chat or SMS/Text: Text 45645 anytime if you are considering suicide or are concerned about someone who may be. 

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

Tips for Managing Stress

Here you’ll find tips and tools you can use to build skills and develop ways to manage stress.

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There are many strategies you can use to help manage stress in your life. Here are a few options to try.

Tips

Get to know what causes you stress.

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What have been stressful situations in the past? Is there anything or situation that tends to be stressful for you? Or is it when a bunch of things lead to a lot of stress? Anticipate stress and prepare yourself.

Relax your mind and body.

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It’s hard to relax when you’re feeling stressed! While relaxation won’t instantly make your stress go away, it can help reduce your stress. Try mindfulness (Breathr is a great app), listening to your favourite playlist or cuddling your pet. Whatever it is, practice what relaxes you.

Don’t forget about yourself.

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Between school, work, scheduled sports, spending time with friends and family, you’re sometimes left with little time to do what you enjoy. Whether it’s reading, journaling, hiking, listening to music, taking the dog for a walk, playing a video game, or watching the sunset – try to find some time for you.

Let your muscles do the work.

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Being physically active helps to relieve stress. Stress can be hard on our bodies. Being active doesn’t have to be about going to the gym. Get off the bus a stop or two early and walk the rest of the way. Consider becoming a dog walker or find a friend who likes to go for walks. Join a dance class or sports team. It’s always easier when it’s fun.

Learn your limits.

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It can be difficult to say no, but taking on more than you can handle isn’t good for anyone, especially you.

Talk to someone you trust.

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

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.