As a close friend, you may be one of the first people to notice if a friend is experiencing a mental health problem. In many cases, you may be the first person they turn to for support.
That’s why it’s important you have information to help you recognize whether a friend may need assistance. It’s also important to know where you can turn to get appropriate adult support.
Following are a collection of websites containing resources and information to support friends of youth who may be experiencing a mental health problem.
If your friend is having a mental health crisis, seek help urgently by:
- Calling 911 or going to your local hospital’s emergency room
- Calling the Crisis Line at 310-6789 or the Suicide Hotline at 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) for confidential, non-judgmental and free support available 24/7
- Calling the YouthinBC 24/7 crisis line at 1-866-3311, or access their online chat with trained volunteers 12 pm – 1 am daily.