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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.

What to look for: Stress

Learn about the thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physical symptoms connected to stress.

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The symptoms here show up early on, but other symptoms may develop later. Everyone experiences stress differently and not everyone will have all the symptoms.

Thoughts add

  • Find it hard to concentrate on what you’re doing
  • Have trouble making decisions
  • Forget things more than usual
  • Have thoughts that constantly run through your head

Feelings add

  • Feel irritable
  • Feel overwhelmed
  • Get frustrated easily by things you used to handle pretty well
  • Feel you might lose control or not be able to handle things anymore

Behaviours add

  • Stop doing activities that were fun or important to you
  • Use alcohol or drugs to deal with stress

Physical Signs add

  • Feel dizzy or light-headed
  • Notice changes in your appetite or sleep patterns
  • Feel exhausted or worn out
  • Feel sick or have no appetite
  • Have headaches or muscle tension in the back and neck

Remember, symptoms are changes from your usual routines or habits. Not everyone experiences the same set of symptoms or to the same level. Most people experience these symptoms from time to time but they become a problem when they keep coming back or don’t go away. They can also indicate there is a physical health problem. If you are able to recognize these symptoms and take action, you can prevent problems from getting worse.

Symptoms that are a result of stress can vary:

  • From mild to severe
  • In how long they have been going on
  • In how much they interfere in your daily life

Concerned about someone else?

It can be hard to understand why a friend is so stressed, even over stuff that doesn’t seem to matter. It doesn’t help to to tell your friend  not to stress so much. For information on how to support a friend, visit Supporting a Friend.

Families are often the first to notice changes and become concerned. For information on how to support a young person, visit Supporting a Family Member.

What Next?

If you want to find out if this is something you are experiencing or are looking for tips to help manage stress here are a few options.