Mental Health & Sexual Health
Online & Phone Resources
Phone, Online, & Email Counselling Support
Crisis Centre 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
Here to Listen. Here to help. The Distress Line provides confidential, non-judgmental, free emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including feelings which may lead to suicide.
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868
- Phone counseling
- Web counseling
- Find resources in your area with the “Resources Around Me” feature of the website.
- For ages 20 & under
- Free, 24/7
- Anonymous & Confidential
Pacific Centre Family Services Association email: email@example.com
Pacific Centre offers free email counseling for issues including: relationships, mental health, family conflict, addictions, grief & loss, violence, etc. Email any time for support and/or to find out about local youth services. A counsellor will reply within 5 working days. The service is confidential unless youth share information about someone being hurt or in danger.
Vancouver Island Crisis Line 1-888-494-3888
A 24-hour crisis & information line.
Youth in BC
Be heard. Get help.
- confidential live chat with a volunteer listener in real time. One-to-one chat hours are: 4pm-Midnight Pacific Standard Time, 7 days a week.
- Support by phone is also available on the 24-hour Distress Line: 1.866.661.3311 (Toll-Free).
- support by email
- The website has information and resources on topics such as self-harm, mental health, bullying, abuse
- Chat live online live with trained helpers
- Get email help from youth counselors
- Share your story in the support forum Compassionate, non-judgmental support for children and youth under age 25.
Anxiety & Depression
Anxiety Canada provides a rich resource of self-help information and programs, as well as resources for parents and caregivers. The mission of Anxiety Canada is to increase awareness, promote education and improve access to programs that work.
Dealing with Depression
This online resource is excellent for teens experiencing low mood or depression. The site provides easy to access and personalized support to help teens understand their moods and to learn & apply effective coping skills.
E-couch is a self-help interactive program with modules for depression, generalized anxiety & worry, social anxiety, relationship breakdown, and loss & grief. It provides evidence-based information and teaches strategies drawn from cognitive, behavioural and interpersonal therapies as well as relaxation and physical activity.
Mood Gym is a free, fun, interactive program consisting of five modules, which help you to explore:
- Why you feel the way you do
- Changing the way you think
- Knowing what makes you upset
- Assertiveness and interpersonal skills training
Mindfulness for Teens
Being a teen can be really stressful! Mindfulness is a powerful way to handle stress, and live life more fully. Mindfulness is all about living fully in the present moment, without judgment, and with an attitude of kindness and curiosity. It’s about breathing, noticing what’s happening right here and now, sending a gentle smile to whatever you’re experiencing in this moment (whether it’s easy or difficult), and then letting it go. You can be mindful anytime, anywhere, no matter what you’re doing. It sounds simple, but it’s not always easy to do, especially when you are stressed! This website provides information, tools, and resources to help you get started.
Responding to Bullying
Your first and best option is always to let responsible adults know that you are, or someone you know is, being bullied.
ERASE = Expect Respect & a Safe Education
ERASE is all about building safe and caring school communities . This includes empowering students, parents, educators and the community partners who support them to get help with challenges, report concerns to schools, and learn about complex issues facing students.
Visit the ERASE site for information and resources for students and parents regarding:
- online safety
- mental health
- bullying & violence
- substance use
- sexual orientation & gender identity
Other Mental Health Information & Resources
If your parents have recently separated or divorced (or you think they may be about to), or you have a friend in that situation, this site is for you. Parental separation and divorce are hard on teens. One thing that can help is information about what separation and divorce mean in Canada, and how they might affect you. The purpose of this site is to provide you with that information. The site is not intended to provide therapy, support or legal advice.
Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre
The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre is designed to support BC children, youth and their families to find and use the resources they need in order to make informed decisions and gain access to appropriate services. The Centre, located at Children’s Hospital in Vancouver but accessible from anywhere in the province, is a free, actual and virtual resource for all BC families.
The Centre offers information and resources on a wide range of mental health and substance use issues affecting children and youth in our province. These include, but are not limited to; depression, anxiety, attention deficit and behavioural problems, child/youth eating disorders and substance use.
Foundry offers young people ages 12-24 health and wellness resources, services and supports – online and through integrated service centres in eight communities across BC.
Teen Mental Health
TeenMentalHealth.org uses the best scientific evidence available to develop training programs, publications, tools & resources that enhance the understanding of adolescent mental health and mental disorders. This site offers information for teens, parents, and educators.
Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Parents & Caregivers
This toolkit was created to help parents and caregivers reach out to children and youth who may be at risk for suicide throughout Southern Vancouver Island. The toolkit provides an outline of resources, some steps you can take, warning signs to be aware of, and compassionate questions to ask a child or youth who may be considering suicide.
- STI and pregnancy
- birth control
- how to talk to an adult
- and more!
This site provides credible and up-to-date information on sexual health.