According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, [note]https://cmha.bc.ca/documents/mental-illnesses-in-children-and-youth-2/.[/note]children and teens often can experience mental health challenges. While we may think of low mood or other challenges as adult problems, they can affect people at any age. Children and teens can experience mental illnesses like depression. Sometimes it can be difficult for adults to understand how difficult children and teens problems can be because we look at their problems through adult eyes. But the pressures of growing up can be very hard for some children.
Although all links provided, are not meant to be an exhaustive list, it is my hope that each link provided will be a starting place to find the help and hope that is needed. Thank you,
The Hopeful 1
Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only national 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counseling, web counseling and referral service for children and youth.
Active Minds is dedicated to saving lives and to building stronger families and communities. Through education, research, advocacy, and a focus on students and young adults ages 14–25, Active Minds is opening up the conversation about mental health and creating lasting change in the way mental health is talked about, cared for, and valued in the United States.
Pop Culture Hero Coalition
Pop Culture Hero Coalition works to educate and support children, teens and adults to overcome bullying and social injustice, and to transform their struggles into strengths, using stories and characters from pop culture TV, film, and comics. They create, promote and foster a culture free from the injustice of bullying, cyberbullying, hate crimes, and inequality based on gender, race, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual identity or preference, physical disability, mental disability, learning disability, or any other perceived vulnerability.
The S.A.F.E. ALTERNATIVES® philosophy begins with the assumption that, although temporarily helpful, self-injurious behavior is ultimately a dangerous and futile coping strategy which interferes with intimacy, productivity
the jed foundation
JED is a nonprofit that exists to protect
The BULLY Project
The BULLY Project is the social action campaign inspired by the award-winning film BULLY. We’ve sparked a national movement to stop bullying that is transforming kids’ lives and changing a culture of bullying into one of empathy and action. The power of our work lies in the participation of individuals like you and the remarkable list of partners we’ve gathered who collectively work to create safe, caring, and respectful schools and communities. Our goal is to reach 10 million kids or more, causing a tipping point that ends bullying in America.
Your Life Counts
Your Life Counts is dedicated to “Helping youth & families nurture, protect & sustain their will to live…”. YLC’s first priority is to offer immediate attention to people who are at risk for suicide, providing counseling and support to those who are suicidal and for suicide survivor loss families.
IMAlive is the world’s first virtual crisis center. It is the world’s first crisis center where 100% of the volunteers are trained in crisis intervention. In the first year since the launch IMAlive has helped thousands of people in crisis.
Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the US, and 686868 in Canada to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis. With over 62 million messages processed to date, we’re growing quickly, but so is the need.
Self-injury Outreach and Support (SiOS)
Self-injury Outreach and Support (
to write love on her arms (twloha)
To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
Ditch The Label
We believe in a world that is fair, equal and free
Our mission is to combat bullying by tackling the root issues and to support young people aged 12-25 who are impacted. It is estimated that every 3 minutes at least one person will benefit from our support.