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Need urgent help? Find support here.

Need urgent help?

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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 is Peer Support?

Peer support provides the chance to connect with another young person who’s there to listen to you about any struggle or challenge you may be experiencing. They’re not doctors or counsellors, their expertise comes from life experience, which can help if you’re feeling nervous or unsure about getting in touch with a service provider.

Peer support workers offer:

  • non-judgmental support and understanding
  • help with navigating the health care system
  • help finding services and resources

Foundry Peer Support
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Check out your local Foundry Centre to see if they offer peer support. You can find a full list of Foundry Centres here.

If you can't find peer support in your community, you can connect with a Youth Peer Support worker through the phone, email, or in person through our partnership with the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre who provide support to young people and families across BC.

Call Toll Free: 1-800-665-1822
By email: keltycentre@cw.bc.ca

Schools
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Some middle schools, secondary schools, universities and colleges have peer support workers and groups who are there to help you with any problem or challenge you might be having. You may want to ask a teacher, school counsellor, professor or someone else at your school about what’s available.

Body Image and Disordered Eating Peer Support
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The Looking Glass Foundation offers free, regularly scheduled, real time Online Peer Support to people of all ages across Canada who are experiencing disordered eating, weight or body image image issues.

Overseen by a trained Looking Glass Moderator, each free chat session offers a safe, virtual, and confidential space for people to talk about what is going on for them, to share experiences, and to benefit from the empathy and understanding of others who get what it can be like to struggle with this challenge.

Trans Care BC Peer Support
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Trans Care BC provides support to peer-led initiatives, such as trans support groups and groups for parents/caregivers of gender diverse children and youth, through funding opportunities, networking opportunities, and peer project support and mentorship. Find out about peer supports in your area in Trans Care BC's service directory.

Mood Disorders Association Peer Support Groups
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A Mood Disorder Association of BC (MDABC) peer-led support group is a safe place to share your story, your struggles and accomplishments, and to listen to others as they share similar concerns. At a MDABC support group you can get a sense of belonging, informal education about your mental health challenges, and the support of others who have 'been there'. Support groups are facilitated by trained volunteers with lived experience of mental health concerns.

Please Note: Support groups are not intended to provide counselling/therapy.​

MDABC has peer-led support groups for people ages 18 and older in the lower mainland, interior and Vancouver Island. For more information and locations see the MDA Peer Support Group page.

"It was so good to speak with you [Youth Peer Support Worker]. I felt you really cared and understood my struggle. I cannot thank you enough. I will look into the resources you recommended. I really appreciate your time and empathetic ear."

- BC Youth

“I feel so much better after talking to you [Youth Peer Support Worker]! What you said was really helpful.”

- BC Youth
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