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Youthspace.ca Online Resources

Here you will find websites, phone lines and phone apps that provide resources on various mental, emotional, and physical health issues and/or wellness. If you have any suggestions for us on how we can improve our list, please reach out to us using our contact form by clicking through!

By Province/Territory

Phone Lines & Community Resources
All Across CanadaAlbertaBritish ColumbiaManitobaNew BrunswickNewfoundland and LabradorNorthwest TerritoriesNova ScotiaNunavutOntarioPrince Edward IslandQuebecSaskatchewanYukon

Crisis Services Canada

Phone Number: 1-833-456-4566 Hours: 24/7

Text: 45645 Hours: 4pm-12am ET

Instant messaging: http://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/ 

Kids Help Phone

Phone Number: 1-800-784-2433

Instant messaging: www.kidshelpphone.ca  Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 3pm-11pm PST

Woods Homes

Phone Number: 1-800-563-6106 Hours: 24/7

Text: 587-315-5000 Hours: 9am – 10pm MST daily

Alberta 24/7 Mental Health Help Line

Phone Number: 1-877-303-2642 Hours: 24/7

 

Alberta Nurse Line For Non-Emergency Health Questions

Phone Number: 811

 

Calgary Teen Line “Connecteen”

Confidential chat, text and phone peer-to-peer line.

Phone Number: 403-264-TEEN (8336). 24/7 hours

Text Number: 587-333-2724. Hours: Mon-Fri 3pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-10pm

Instant Messaging: On the website main page. Hours: Mon-Fri 3pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-10pm

 

Youth Law in Alberta

What you’ll find: Accessible FAQ and interpretations of the law as it applies to youth in Alberta. Topics range from: adoption, marriage and sex, alcohol and renting.

Phone Number: 403-207-9029

BC 211

Phone Number: 2-1-1 Hours: 24/7

Website: https://www.bc211.ca

What you’ll find: Phone line and website providing information and referral regarding community, government and social services in BC.

 

BC 211 Shelter List

Phone Number: 2-1-1

PDF List: http://shelters.bc211.ca/bc211shelters

 

BC 24/7 Crisis Line

Phone Number: 1-800-784-2433

 

Youth in BC

IM chat from Noon – 1am PST for youth under 25: https://youthinbc.com/

(for those over 25 access same IM service here: https://crisiscentrechat.ca/)

BC Nurse Line For Non-Emergency Health Questions

Phone Number: 811

 

KUU-US Crisis Line (Support for Indigenous Peoples Only)

Phone Number (youth): 250-723-2040

Phone Number (adults & elders): 250-723-2050

Website: https://www.kuu-uscrisisline.ca/services-programs/24-hour-crisis-line/

What you’ll find: Offers a non-judgmental approach to listening. For Adults, Elders or Youth. 

 

BC Bereavement and Grief Help Line

Phone Number: 1-877-779-2223 Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm PST

Website: https://www.bcbh.ca/

What you’ll find: BC specific grief resources and help line. Website includes lots of general information about easing grief, how to seek support, and more.

 

Victim Link BC

Phone Number: 1-800-563-0808 Hours: 24/7

A toll-free, confidential phone service in 110 languages for BC and the Yukon for survivors of crime and crisis support to survivors of family/sexual violence.

 

Youth Against Violence Line

Phone Number: 1-800- 680-4264 Hours: 24/7

Text Number **for deaf/hard of hearing folks only: 604-836-6381 Hours: 24/7

Website: www.youthagainstviolenceline.com

 

The Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service

Phone Number (Lower Mainland Only): 604-660-9382 Hours: 24/7

Phone Number (rest of BC): 1-800-663-1441 Hours: 24/7

Information, support, and options for folks worried about the alcohol and drug use of themselves or someone else.

What you’ll find: A Vancouver-based mental health care clinic and online website offering support services, recovery and education.

What you’ll find: Run by Island Sexual Health on Vancouver Island, BC, this is a website focusing on sexual health information and advice for teens. Resource section has comprehensive resource directory for Vancouver Island and BC teens. Also has a text line.

Text Number: 250-812-9374

What you’ll find: Website all about psychosis, understanding it, decreasing stigma around it, and a great Toolkit to work through. Help links and support resources are specific to British Columbia.

What you’ll find: Website with support and information for those experiencing eating disorders. British Columbia specific support resources available.

What you’ll find: An interactive BC government website that walks the user through resources they may want for themselves or others. Deals with all sorts of mental health issues and gives great recommendations and resources tailored to specific needs.

What you’ll find: PovNet provides online tools that facilitate communication, community and access to information around poverty-related issues in British Columbia and Canada.

What you’ll find: A BC based community organization for LGBTQTS+ folks. Offers support service resources, community event calendars, social groups and more. Really great resource for queer folks living in BC looking to make community.

What you’ll find: Great resource for trans people on all aspects of trans identities with emphasis on visual and medical transitioning; includes a glossary, frequently asked questions, and resources. Is BC specific in terms of medical and support resource referrals.

Their page Trans Basics offers a lot of general information on terminology and understanding trans* identities.

Manitoba Suicide Line 24/7

Phone Number: 1-877-435-7170

 

Manitoba Nurse Line For Non-Emergency Health Questions

Phone Number: 1-888-315-9257

 

New Brunswick Chimo Helpline 24/7

Phone Number: 1-800-667-5005

New Brunswick only IM Chat 5PM-12AM EST: www.chimohelpline.ca/

 

New Brunswick Nurse Line For Non-Emergency Health Questions

Phone Number: 811

 

Mental Health Crisis 24/7

Phone Number: 1-888-737-4668

 

Newfoundland Nurse Line For Non-Emergency Health Questions

Phone Number: 811

What you’ll find: Directory for Newfoundland & Labrador Mental Health Services, as well as information on various Mental Health Issues, Inspiration for coping tools, and more.

 

 

NWT Nurse Line for Non-Emergency Health Questions

Phone Number: 1-888-255-1010

 

NWT Help Line

Phone Number: 1-800-661-0844 Hours: (7-11pm MST)

What you’ll find: Directory for counselors who provide free counseling in various regions of the NWT.

Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team 24/7

Phone Number: 1-888-429-8167

 

Nova Scotia Nurse Line For Non-Emergency Health Questions

Phone Number: 811

Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line 24/7

Phone Number: 1-800-265-3333

Click here for a downloadable, searchable (CNTRL + F) .pdf chart of all Crisis and Counselling Services in Ontario by county area. 

Toronto ONLY 24/7 Distress Centre

For Other areas of Ontario see: dcontario.org/centres.html

Phone Number: 416-408-4357

Text: 45645

IM Chat / Website: https://www.torontodistresscentre.com/home-support

 

Ontario Telehealth For Non-Emergency Health Questions

Phone Number: 1-866-797-0000

 

Talk Healing – A Help Line for Indigenous Women

Phone Number: 1-855-554-HEAL (4325)

IM Chat: https://www.talk4healing.com/about/

 What you’ll find: A culturally grounded and confidential phone and chat line run by Indigenous women for Indigenous women. Service available in English as well as 13 Indigenous languages, including Cree, Ojibway, Oji-Cree, and Inukitut. 

 

Youth Line (Ontario Only)

Phone Number:  1-800-268-9688

Text: 647-694-4275

IM Chat: https://www.youthline.ca

What you’ll find: Confidential peer support for LGBTQQ2SI youth in Ontario.  Hours: 4:00-9:30pm EST Sunday to Friday.

What you’ll find: Similar to Youthspace E-Counselling, this website offers free professional counselling to youth in Ontario, as well as resources for youth and their parents.

Island Helpline

Phone Number: 1-800-218-2885 Hours: 24/7

 

PEI Nurse Line For Non-Emergency Health Questions

Phone Number: 811

Centre de prevention du suicide de Quebec 24/7

Phone Number: 1-866-277-3553

 

Prévention de Suicide et Soutien

Phone Number: 1-833-456-4566  Hours: 24/7

Text Number: 45645 (Service in English and French)

Website:www.crisisservicescanada.ca/fr/

 

Quebec Nurse Line For Non-Emergency Health Questions

Phone Number: 811

Saskatchewan Outreach and Support Services 24/7

Phone Number: 1-800-611-6349

 

Saskatchewan Nurse Line For Non-Emergency Health Questions

Phone Number: 811

Saskatchewan 211

Phone Number: 2-1-1 Hours: 24/7

Website: https://sk.211.ca/

What you’ll find: Phone line and website providing information and referral regarding community, government and social services in Saskatchewan.

What you’ll find: A list of resources compiled by the Out Saskatoon organization, which provides community events for LGBTQ folks in Saskatchewan. Includes resources that are not SK specific as well.

Many Rivers Yukon Distress Line

Phone Number: 1-844-533-3030 Hours: 7pm-12am PST

 

Youth in BC

IM chat (under 25): http://youthinbc.com/  Hours: Noon-1am PST

(for those over 25 access same IM service herehttp://crisiscentrechat.ca/)

 

Yukon Nurse Line For Non-Emergency Health Questions

Phone Number: 811

 

Victim Link BC

Phone Number: 1-800-563-0808 Hours: 24/7

A toll-free, confidential phone service in 110 languages for BC and the Yukon for survivors of crime and crisis support to survivors of family/sexual violence.

 

What you’ll find: Whitehorse-based organization providing drop in and outreach harm reduction, support & counselling services, workshops, & other justice-based resources.

Mental Health & More

Anxiety, Depression & Other Mental Health Issues
GENERALADD/ADHDAngerAnxietyAutism Spectrum DisorderBipolar DisorderDepressionDermatillomaniaEating Disorders (Disordered Eating)GriefLonelinessOCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)Personality DisordersPTSD and TraumaSchizophrenia / PsychosisSelf Esteem / Self WorthSubstance AbuseTrichotillomania
    What's Up? - Mental Health App
  • Apple & Android
  • Aside from plenty of information on common mental health issues, there is a habit tracker, advice, and ideas on coping tools including meditations.
    Reach Out
  • Apple & Android
  • Online support social network for those living with chronic mental or physical illness.
    Booster Buddy
  • Apple & Android
  • Little creature becomes your "buddy" and gives you self-care missions to help wake it up when it gets sleepy. Includes a mood tracker, and reminders for appointments and medications.
    Sanvello
  • Apple & Android
  • Mood tracker, recommends activities based on mood and energy levels.
    Fabulous: Self-Care
  • Apple & Android
  • Science-based app encourages building healthy habits to increase energy, sleep better and more. Content warning: Focus on weight-loss.
    WoeBot
  • Apple & Android
  • Robot friend "checks in" via instant message every day at the same time to see how you're feeling and offer lessons and advice - based on CBT skills. See more info at their website: https://woebot.io/

What you’ll find: Easy-to use guide on supporting someone else with their mental health struggles. Could be used for a friend or for yourself, too!

What you’ll find: Good place to start for folks looking for local counseling.

What you’ll find: Open support chat rooms based on users’ specific mental health needs. 16+ years.

What you’ll find: Great resource on what mental health is, and how to navigate the medical system for mental health issues. Includes comprehensive list of medications, and general advice on health.

What you’ll find: Amazing community for people facing any kind of mental illness or disability. Lots of powerful stories in the form on articles on experiences. Very easy to navigate and explore; subject areas are grouped together and A-Z table of contents is very comprehensive.

What you’ll find: Emotional rejection may feel more acute for those with ADHD – this page describes symptoms and discusses some coping tools.

What you’ll find: A website with blogs, resources, and information on ADD/ADHD – created and run by folks who experience it. Focus on older youth and adults, but can be good general information for anyone.

What you’ll find: A list of ideas of how to minimize and control anger. Includes how and when to get help, and long and short term strategies for coping.

    MindShift
  • Apple & Android
  • Anxiety-focused CBT-based advice, self improvement techniques, inspiration and tools.
    Calm in the Storm
  • Apple only
  • All about managing stress and anxiety, and how they affect mental health & well being. Has 4 in depth components: Check-In, Relief, Learn, and Safety Plan.
    Fear Tools
  • Apple & Android
  • Includes an anxiety test, thought diary, breathing guide, information and videos on anxiety.
    Rootd
  • Apple & Android
  • In-the-moment anxiety relief (with a focus on panic attacks), as well as long term lessons, tools and exercises.

What you’ll find: User and youth-friendly site about anxiety, signs, types, reasons and treatments. Goes in-depth into causes of anxiety and has a useful App for Third-Party Support.

What you’ll find: A website all about anxiety; this page deals specifically with intrusive thoughts that won’t go away. Includes common recurring thoughts and how to quiet them.

What you’ll find: A one-page fact and advice sheet on how to deal with anxious thoughts, as well as how to stop worrying.

What you’ll find: Really great walkthrough of an introduction to self care and self help with regards to anxiety.

What you’ll find: Powerful personal stories posted in article or blog post style on living with Autism or having family members with the Disorder.

What you’ll find: An organisation seeking to advance rights and empower folks with regards to Autism advocacy. Contains some reading resources, toolkits, and ways to get involved.

What you’ll find: Organization dedicated to breaking the stigma around Bipolar Disorder. Lots of information about the Disorder, medication, treatment, and latest research.

What you’ll find: A Magazine style website with lots of great information and a support forum. Includes info for kids, relationships, pets, etc.

What you’ll find: A personal blog run by a user with Bipolar. Winner of many awards, and the blog posts are archived by content tags on the side for easy perusing.

    Mood Path
  • Apple & Android
  • Assessment tool done over 14 days via regular check-ins to check for symptoms of depression, delivering personalised advice for possible treatment.
    Mood Mission
  • Apple & Android
  • After checking in about your mood, the app gives you tailored suggestions and "missions" to help in relief.

What you’ll find: Website all about depression, its causes and treatment. Good stigma breaking interactive information.

What you’ll find: Website about depression specifically for men. Works to debunk gender myths surrounding mental health. Has personal story section to help with “you’re not alone” feelings.

What you’ll find: Interactive, easily accessible “quiz” that guides the user through self-care when they are in a state of executive dysfunction or anxiety.

What you’ll find: Website built for understanding and dealing with depression. Lots of informative articles as well as an in-depth workbook to help someone facing depression to find ways of overcoming or dealing with the symptoms.

    Skin Pick
  • Apple & Android
  • Easy to use tracking app for derma- and tricho- tillomania. Has an option to send reports to GP.
    Calm Harm
  • Apple & Android
  • Illustrated characters give activity ideas based on needs such as "comfort, release, etc" to prevent self-harm.

What you’ll find: One-page short and long term ideas on how to stop skin picking.

What you’ll find: One-page site. Great overview of what exactly the condition is, what are the symptoms, how to stop, and reasons it happens.

    Rise Up
  • Apple & Android
  • Mood diary and food log. Allows you to export tracker to a pdf file to share with others like doctors.

NEDIC – National Eating Disorder Information Centre

Phone Number: 1-866-633-4220 Canada-wide, Monday to Friday 9am-9pm PST

Online Chat: http://www.nedic.ca/

What is it: Website has information about disordered eating, facts and how to get help. Has a helpline and e-mail support service as well.

What you’ll find: Really great in-depth overview of different types of eating disorders, treatment options, general information, and more. Great resource section and links to personal stories and multi-media supports such as videos and more.

What you’ll find: Website with general support and information for those experiencing eating disorders.

BC Bereavement and Grief Help Line

Phone Number: 1-877-779-2223

Email: contact@bcbh.ca 

Website:  https://www.bcbh.ca

What you’ll find: BC specific resources and help line. Can also email for support. Website includes lots of general information about easing grief, how to seek support, and more.

What you’ll find: A UK-based website dedicated to helping children through loss. Includes, personal stories, advice, and different art forms like poems. Online chat on website available internationally! (Chat hours: 9am-9pm UK time, which is 1am-1pm PST.)

What you’ll find: Website geared at young people who have experienced the death of someone close to them. Information on how to cope, how to move on, and more. Has lots of personal stories, with opportunity to send in your own.

What you’ll find: Very in-depth website about miscarriages, carious sources of support and how to seek them out, as well as saying good bye and long-term health. Also includes a section on support for men.

What you’ll find: A website to create a free memorial page for people who have passed. Really beautifully done.

What you’ll find: Resource for folks grieving after a suicide. Talks about how suicide grief is unique, and how to support yourself and/or someone else dealing with a loss. Unfortunately resources are not in Canada.

    Stigma
  • Apple only
  • Track your mood, journal about it, and share it with the app's "community" that you can build yourself. Ability to connect one on one with users and see others' posts.
    Talk Life
  • Apple & Android
  • Messenger-board style peer to peer post and response service.
    Reach Out
  • Apple & Android
  • Online support social network for those living with chronic mental or physical illness.

What you’ll find: Website that allows the user to blend together ambient sounds for the person soothing soundscape. Good for removing silence and combatting loneliness.

What you’ll find: Weekly stories about loneliness written by regular folks. Fun interface allows you to look in at “apartments” to get their stories.

What you’ll find: A one-page fact sheet on naming loneliness and finding ways of coping with it.

What you’ll find: A one-page advice and idea sheet on remembering the “silver lining” and how to get away from intrusive thoughts of loneliness.

    nOCD
  • Apple only
  • Activities and personalised assessments "unlock" the app and help manage OCD symptoms.

What you’ll find: Website with article-style information on how OCD can impact family, romantic, sexual and friend relationships. Includes information for those on the other side of it, as well.

What you’ll find: Website geared at youth with OCD – really good FAQ’s, information and advice. Contains many personal story articles as well as a forum to connect with others.

What you’ll find: Great overview of OCD and how it can impact individuals. Easily accessible information makes it easy to read – may be more helpful for those who are just beginning to learn about the disorder or want basic facts.

What you’ll find: A guide to BPD; signs, symptoms, stigma. Very thorough self-help coping section near the bottom of the article.

What you’ll find:  Information and overview of personality disorders. Also includes very thorough and informative A-Z style glossary of terms related to each personality disorder. (Find the glossaries by clicking on the links.)

What you’ll find: A brief but informative one-page overview of personality disorders, and the signs and symptoms that someone with a personality disorder may have. As well, discusses the specific sub-types of disorders.

What you’ll find: Coping strategies for living with PTSD.

What you’ll find: C-PTSD info written by someone who experiences it.

What you’ll find: Website all about psychosis, understanding it, decreasing stigma around it, and more, such a toolkit to download and work through. Help links are specific to BC.

What you’ll find: Powerful personal stories posted in article or blog post style on living with Schizophrenia or having family members with it.

What you’ll find: Self-compassion and self-love website discussing how to encorporate self love into every day. Includes lots of guided meditations and mindfulness techniques, as well as practice tips and resources.

What you’ll find: A thorough list of ideas on how to improve self worth and self esteem. Includes an audio version as well.

What you’ll find: A website talking about what self loathing is, why it happens, what its symptoms are, and what you can do to turn it around or quiet it to get to self-compassion.

What you’ll find: A very in-depth and helpful website all about addictions, types, causes, symptoms, and how to gear towards recovery.

What you’ll find: A non-judgemental website with lots of great info on different legal and illegal substances, and what happens when they are mixed. User can search for different brand names of medication to learn more about them.

What you’ll find: Helpful FAQ style sheet focused on what to do if an “adult friend or loved one” has a problem with drugs. Also includes FAQ on personal recovery.

What you’ll find: Official website of Narcotics Anonymous Canada, includes lists of meeting groups across the nation.

What you’ll find: A website all about why and how to quit smoking cigarettes. Includes information about setbacks and managing cravings.

    Skin Pick
  • Apple & Android
  • Easy to use tracking app for derma- and tricho- tillomania. Has an option to send reports to GP.
    Calm Harm
  • Apple & Android
  • Illustrated characters give activity ideas based on needs such as "comfort, release, etc" to prevent self-harm.

What you’ll find: One-page site. Great overview of what exactly the condition is, what are the symptoms, how to stop, and reasons it happens.

Suicide or Suicidal Ideation
SuicideCrisis Lines

What you’ll find: Youthspace-made one page resource on how to support others and yourself when dealing with suicide <3

What you’ll find: Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention. Great database of all crisis lines and crisis centers in specific provinces, information on support groups and general information on suicide.

What you’ll find: Website with information, stories and guides that are nicely categorized. User-friendly language that aligns with the Youthspace model of responding to feelings of wanting to die, safety planning, and more.

What you’ll find: Blog-style site with insights about suicide for those who are struggling and their loved ones.

What you’ll find: A longer read in PDF form about feeling suicidal. The “how to cope” section begins on page 12.

What you’ll find: Beautiful website that shares in-depth stories of suicide attempt survivors.

What you’ll find: One person’s story about what happened after they went to the emergency room for suicidal thoughts.

What you’ll find: Resource for folks grieving after a suicide. Talks about how suicide grief is unique, and how to support yourself and/or someone else dealing with a loss. Unfortunately resources are not in Canada.

What you’ll find: Helpful videos and talking point ideas for when you need to tell someone about your suicidal feelings.

Find Phone Numbers and Community Resources in the first tab at the top of this page.

Self Harm
Self Harm
    Skin Pick
  • Apple & Android
  • Easy to use tracking app for derma- and tricho- tillomania. Has an option to send reports to GP.
    Calm Harm
  • Apple & Android
  • Illustrated characters give activity ideas based on needs such as "comfort, release, etc" to prevent self-harm.

What you’ll find: A list of things to do instead of cutting under the categories of: displacement, reinforcing, physical, creative, comforting, fun, constructive, inspiring, and with another person.

What you’ll find: Youthspace-made one page resource on how to support others and yourself when dealing with self harm behavior <3

What you’ll find: Talks broadly as well as in depth about self harm, causes, risks. Lots of ideas on coping techniques that don’t actively harm yourself.

What you’ll find: Really fantastic and in depth website on self injury . Includes a support forum and many FAQs, including advice on hiding scars and administering first aid.

What you’ll find: A long(er) read to distract and send a loving message to those considering self injury, from the lifeSIGNS network.

What you’ll find: Very clear overview of self harm topics. Has info, stories and self-help guides categorized neatly into different sections. Uses less formal language and fits Youthspace language nicely. Has info on support services, dealing with scars and supporting others.

Self Care, Distractions and Coping Tools
CalmingDistractions – Readings and MusingsDistractions - GamesDistractions - ArtsyMindfulnessMood TrackingRadical Self-Care

What you’ll find: A Youtube channel dedicated to calming videos of “oddly satisfying” things with calm music in the background. Mesmerising, great if you need to just zone out.

What you’ll find: Artist posts funny drawings on Instagram about living with mental health issues, including anxiety and depression. Good for “I’m not alone” feelings.

What you’ll find: Tons of articles and pictures of all kinds of things, from cute to inspirational. Can have some more adult language, so may be better for older youth.

What you’ll find: A list of things to do instead of cutting under the categories of: displacement, reinforcing, physical, creative, comforting, fun, constructive, inspiring, and with another person.

What you’ll find: PDF self-made zine style workbook on self care around mental health. Really great project to work on for a distraction from the moment, and may help organize thoughts and do future self care.

What you’ll find: Artist posts little drawings of various animals/things saying positive things.

What you’ll find: A list of fun or calming one-purpose websites.

What you’ll find: A site full of riddles from easy to hard to distract and get the mind working/focusing on something new.

What you’ll find: Lots and lots of jigsaw puzzles with all sorts of designs and levels of difficulty. Really great distraction.

What you’ll find: create and build new elements by combining various items. From earth to humans and space see if you can make them all

What you’ll find: Lots of cute mini flash games to spend hours just trying to achieve different game goals.

What you’ll find: challenge yourself to fill 66.7% of the screen while little balls bounce around the screen trying to stop you. The more you succeed the more balls are added to the mix. A little challenging and a little mindless, a good mix.

What you’ll find: Some detailed colouring pages to fill in, print, or even create your own.

What you’ll find: A creative space to use “sand” to build pictures or colourful sand-mountains.

What you’ll find: Simple website that allows you to create images using mirrored lines. Beautiful and calming art work created.

    Lull
  • Apple only
  • Tool to reset anxious breathing. The user puts phone on stomach, listens to audio waves and breathes along with the waves
    Breathr
  • Apple & Android
  • Split into two parts: Learn & Practice for meditation and mindful breathing. Includes techniques, guided meditations, and in depth advice.
    Headspace
  • Apple & Android
  • Well designed app walks you through how to meditate, and then produces 10 days of free tailored meditations. Please note: The majority of this app is behind quite a large pay wall.
    Insight Timer
  • Apple & Android
  • Largest library of free guided and timed meditations, including.
    Stop, Breathe, Think
  • Apple & Android
  • Tailored meditations and mindfulness exercises based on current moods and feelings. Includes a mood tracker and option for social sharing.

What you’ll find: Basic and easy to follow guide to meditation. Has a few self-guided and pre-recorded breathing/meditation practices.

What you’ll find: Website that allows the user to blend together ambient sounds for the person soothing soundscape. Good for removing silence and combatting loneliness.

What you’ll find: List of the best guided meditations to help fall sleep curated by the website. Gives a link to the video as well as a short description of what to expect.

What you’ll find: Website that tells you to do nothing for two minutes but relax, not touch your keyboard or mouse, and listen to the waves it plays in the background. Great for taking a break.

What you’ll find: Put an anxious thought on a star and watch it fade away. An auditory and visual meditation for anxiety.

  • Breathing Gifs

Gif 1  – expanding and compressing shape

Gif 2  – lines that expand into a star and back into lines

Gif 3  – a circle expanding and contracting

Gif 4  – a ball rolling down a line and then up a chain

Gif 5  – a ball rolling down a squiggly line and onto a cloud

    Catch It
  • Apple & Android
  • Thought logger with 3 steps: catch it; check it; change it, to consider negative and/or intrusive thoughts out of context. Locks with a pin for security.
    Mood Panda
  • Apple & Android
  • Mood tracker with blog tools and social sharing - can contrast your mood to global moods. Please note: Many users have reported trouble using this app on newer Android systems.
    Tru Luv #SelfCare
  • Apple & Android
  • Aesthetic app guides you through little activities reminding how to take care of your self and be "brighter".

What you’ll find: PDF of a easily readable and understandably sectioned zine on Self Care and self love. Includes suggestions for self care and feeling better, as well as personal stories of self love and struggle through mental health and self loathing. Focuses mainly on women.

What you’ll find: Self-compassion and self-love website discussing how to encorporate self love into every day. Includes lots of guided mediations and mindfulness techniques, as well as practice tips and resources.

What you’ll find: An in depth and easily readable blog post on how to practice Emotional First Aid when in crisis or in moments of fight or flight.

What you’ll find: Interactive “quiz” that guides the user through self-care when they are in a state of executive dysfunction or anxiety.

What you’ll find: Awesome new website that has many useful and interactive tools; such as a mood tracking program, a CBT program, assessments and other self-help exercises. Has places to share your story and read others’.

Supporting Others
Taking Care of Yourself While Helping OthersAround Suicide or Self HarmAround Anxiety, Depression, or Substance Abuse

What you’ll find: How to support yourself and a friend through making decisions. Puts emphasis on why it’s important to set boundaries and take care of yourself when taking care of others.

What you’ll find: Youthspace-made one page resource on how to support others and yourself when dealing with self harm behavior <3

What you’ll find: Helpful and informative modules on supporting others  through suicidal thoughts, and how to support yourself while supporting others  – complete with user-friendly graphics and interactive aspects!

What you’ll find: One-page website on understanding suicide, what are signs to look for, and what to do if someone is suicidal and needs support. Great balance of length and depth. Also speaks to suicide in the elderly and teens.

What you’ll find: Youthspace-made one page resource on how to support others and yourself when dealing with suicide <3

What you’ll find: Website on understanding different mental illnesses and how they may affect those you know. Good tips and techniques on how to talk to people who are feeling anxious, low, or depressed.

What you’ll find: Helpful FAQ style sheet focused on what to do if an “adult friend or loved one” has a problem with drugs. Also includes FAQ on personal recovery.

What you’ll find: Great website outlining what to say when you have a friend that’s depressed or has low mood, or how to talk to them about it: as well, things not to say.

Health, Sexuality, & Gender

Physical & Sexual Health
Chronic IllnessDifferent AbilitiesGeneral Physical HealthSexual HealthSleep Issues
    Reach Out
  • Apple & Android
  • Online support social network for those living with chronic mental or physical illness.

What you’ll find: Various links to different site to support someone who is living with a chronic illness.

What you’ll find: Expansive website that promotes those with different abilities to be as active in life as they want to be. Topics include: relationships, employment, sex and love, travel, etc.

What you’ll find: Amazing community for people facing any kind of mental illness or disability. Lots of powerful stories in the form on articles on experiences. Very easy to navigate and explore; subject areas are grouped together and A-Z table of contents is very comprehensive.

Provincial Nurse Lines For Non-Emergency Health Questions

BC, AB, SK, QC, NB, NS, NL, PEI: 811

Manitoba Health Line: 1-888-315-9257

Ontario Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000

Poison Control: 1-800-567-8911

What you’ll find: Very broad and in-depth information about all types of health concerns. Has some BC specific information and resources, but focuses mostly on symptoms and differentiations.

What you’ll find: A website dedicated to all aspects of health. Has three site sections: for parents, teens and kids. Many articles are reviewed by doctors, so has very solid and thorough information.

What you’ll find: Website dedicated to sexual safety and birth control. Everything to know about staying safe while having sex.

What you’ll find: Sexual Health advice and articles on pretty much any question or issue. Website in general great overall for sex and relationship advice.

What you’ll find: A sexual health education website by teens for teens. 

What you’ll find: Well-researched and comprehensive health information and resources on just about every important sex-related topic. Tone of website focuses on sex-positivity and breaking stigma about talking about sex and sexual health. Has an ask-a-doctor column and provincial listings for healthcare providers.

What you’ll find: Overall good sexual health and relationship information website. Easily accessible facts about gender, sex, birth control and more.

    Relax Melodies
  • Apple & Android
  • Create your own white noise, browse others' creations, and explore free guided meditations for sleep.

What you’ll find: Articles on how to increase the quality of your sleep, as well as explanations about what sleep hygiene is, how sleep works, and much more.

What you’ll find: A PDF information sheet containing tips and suggestions on how to improve sleep hygiene, quality of sleep and ultimately getting deeper restful sleeps.

What you’ll find: 10 tips on how to beat insomnia.

What you’ll find: Good general source on what sleep problems are, and ideas/tips on what to do about them. Focuses on being in school/university.

Sexuality and Gender Identity
SexualityResources for Lesbian FolksResources for Gay FolksResources for Bisexual FolksResources for Transgender and Non-Binary FolksResources for All Queer Folks and Other Identities

What you’ll find: A great diagram style resource on gender, sexuality, and sexual/romantic attraction.

What you’ll find: A downloadable worksheet full of suggestions, creative things to think about, and prompts to facilitate conversation around sex, sexuality, gender, pleasure, and more.

What you’ll find: Really fantastic website with many comprehensive articles on sex, sexuality, STI’s, sexual self-esteem, abuse, relationships, etc. Includes a forum where users can send in questions and have them answered by ‘sexperts’.

What you’ll find: Good overall resource on sex and relationships. Good introductory resource about sex and information on what to expect “the first time”, how to know if you’re ready for sex, emotions post sex, etc.

What you’ll find: An online community and magazine for lesbian, bisexual and otherwise identifying women and their friends. Lots of articles – less information-style and more storytelling.

What you’ll find: Database of resources and online forums for survivors of sexualized violence. Specifically targeted at lesbian women, with a small focus on bisexual women as well.

What you’ll find: Really great sex-positive website exploring gay male sexuality and having the sex that you and your partner want. In-depth resources exploring sexual health, protection, STI and HIV testing, and kinks. Extensive list of resources local to Ontario.

What you’ll find: Engaging and youth-oriented article on the problems of identifying as bisexual, including bi visibility and facing discrimination in queer communities.

What you’ll find: “Ask Alice” style engaging and youth-oriented article on bisexuality and what feeling more sexual or emotional attraction towards one gender over another can look like. Contains in-article resource links as well.

What you’ll find: A website created by and for bisexual folks (and pan, omni, and other non-monosexual identifying folks). Contains lots of resources, information, and discussion about bi+ specific issues such as bi-erasure.

What you’ll find: A website completely dedicated to bisexual identities. Contains blog posts, resource links, FAQs, personal stories and an opportunity to share your own story online as well.

Trans Lifeline

Phone Number: 1-877-330-6366

Online Chat: https://www.translifeline.org/

What you’ll find: A hotline staffed by trans people for trans people.

What you’ll find: Youth-oriented article on being unsure about gender, what to do, and how to be okay about uncertainty. Lists ideas on how to support yourself, practice self-care, or how to reach out for support from others.

What you’ll find: Send your old-but-usable binders to be resold for $5-10. Can also search website for those recycled binders for purchase! (Set price low-high, as there is no specific category for them.) (Gender gear also has a variety of other gender-affirming products for sale. Ships from Ontario.)

What you’ll find: Glossary of gender and identity related terms that uses inclusive language. A great base point (but by no means exhaustive.)

What you’ll find: Story sharing website aimed at Youth, Allies, and Family. “Stories to build community, find inspiration & transform society”.

What you’ll find: A nice hub of gender resources.

What you’ll find: A crowd-sourced glossary that utilizes peoples’ lived experiences to help describe gender identity. **Content warning: includes some common LGBTQ+ slurs and discusses how they might be reclaimed by some (but certainly not all!) folks**

What you’ll find: Great resource for trans people on all aspects of trans identities with emphasis on visual and medical transitioning; includes a glossary, frequently asked questions, and resources. Is BC specific in terms of medical and support resource referrals.

Their page Trans Basics offers a lot of general information on terminology and understanding trans* identities.

What you’ll find: Contains many links to interesting online resources, a few blog posts, and already set-up online communities on Facebook. A non-profit offering online support for people questioning their gender or in the process of transitioning. Many resources are USA specific and support currently only set up for FTM.

What you’ll find: A zine for considering language, disclosures, safer sex, conversations with doctors, surgeries, STIs, and more. Aimed at Trans* Women.

What you’ll find: An informative read about different aspects of gender. Helpful for folks who might be trying to understand what gender even is.

Kids Help Phone

Phone Number: 1-800-668-6868

Online Chat: https://kidshelpphone.ca/

What you’ll find: 24/7 phone and chatline for kids and youth in Canada. Service in English and French. More info, FAQs and resources on https://kidshelpphone.ca/search?keys=LGBTQ

Youth Line (Ontario Only)

Phone Number: 1-800-268-9688

Text: 647-694-4275

Online Chat: https://www.youthline.ca

What you’ll find: Confidential peer support for LGBTQQ2SI youth in Ontario. Hours:  4:00-9:30pm EST Sunday to Friday

What you’ll find: Great website for those exploring Asexuality. Comprehensive FAQ section. No information on demi-sexuality, however. Hosts active community forums as well.

What you’ll find: An in-depth site on asexuality. From the creator of the site: “I hope to provide a comprehensive and uncensored look into what asexuality is, what it means to us and how it shapes our lives.  My intention is to provide information that is approachable and informative, whether or not you’re asexual.”

What you’ll find: A culturally grounded resource on coming out for African American (Canadian) folks.

What you’ll find: Community oriented forum for LGBTQ folks. Oriented at youth who want to share stories and chat about topics both related and not to their identities.

What you’ll find: A great diagram style resource on gender, sexuality, and sexual/romantic attraction.

What you’ll find: The site’s purpose is to communicate to LGBTQ youth around the world that life gets better. Includes many inspiring messages of hope in the form of videos and blog posts. Shows youth they are not alone.

What you’ll find: An in depth guide on navigating simultaneously being part of the LGBTQIA+ community and part of a religious community.

What you’ll find: A large collection of resources about polyamory.

What you’ll find: Comprehensive fact sheet on why, when, and how to come out. Aimed at youth. Contains useful tips and further resources.

Other

Abuse, Assault and Bullying
BullyingDating ViolenceEmotional AbusePhysical AbuseSexual Abuse and Sexual Assault

What you’ll find: Problem solving focus on cyberbullying and what to do if it happens.

What you’ll find: Great info website on how to identify bullying, as well as focused areas: what to do if you’re being bullied, what to do if your friend is being bullied, what to do if you’re a parent. Geared towards BC youth; the reporting tool only works for BC and is open on school days only.

What you’ll find: Walks through what to do about sexual cyberbullying (or spread of pictures or videos without consent), and all the emotional ways it can affect youth. Has legal help and information for friends and parents on how to support a youth in crisis.

What you’ll find: Fact sheets centered on violence, bullying, (internet) safety etc.

What you’ll find: Information on dating violence, as well as other types of abuse, presented by the US Office on Women’s Health.

What you’ll find: Fact sheets on violence within dating and intimate relationships. Also has information on different types of abuse (physical, emotional, sexual) and information on different ways to seek help.

What you’ll find: Describes different types of emotional abuse and what they look like – good for identifying emotional abuse if someone is unsure if they are being abused.

What you’ll find: A long list of signs and ways to recognize emotional/mental abuse. Helpful for someone you’re concerned about, or for yourself when you’re in the thick of it.

What you’ll find: Another guide on recognizing emotional abuse. Talks about different types and ways it can manifest, as well as what to do when you find yourself in an emotionally abusive situation or relationship.

What you’ll find: A shorter read that covers 7 ways to cope with emotional abuse.

What you’ll find: A directory of Canadian resources for people experiencing violence in their lives. Organized by province. Includes both crisis and non-crisis resources.

What you’ll find: Detailed guide for creating safety plans for yourself or someone else experiencing violence. Includes escape plans, emotional safety, safety plans involving children, and more.

What you’ll find: Site with blog post style articles about physical violence and management.

What you’ll find: Database of Anti-Violence, rape crisis and transitional support centers by Province and City.

What you’ll find: Fact sheets on sexualized violence, assault, consent, stalking, and other sexualized violence issues. Great overview of all the issues and facts about them. Debunks myths about consent and rape culture.

What you’ll find: Site with coping tips and advice on what to do if someone is being sexually harassed online, or if sexually explicit videos or photos are being shared without consent.

What you’ll find: A free, downloadable and printable coloring and activity book for survivors and allies of survivors of sexualized violence. Really great method of coping with powerful messages of support and strength.

 

Legal, Life Skills, School, & Work Help
General Life SkillsLegalSchool HelpWork

What you’ll find: Website discussing many life skills needed to “adult”, such as taxes, credit, etc. Created by former youth in care. BC based website so includes BC specific information and links.

What you’ll find: Website outlining what to do, legally, in cases such as Sexual Assault, Renting, Work, etc.

Chat feature available on website for BC youth. Hours: Monday-Friday, 11am-2pm.
PLEASE NOTE: the website has a very loud sound of a woman speaking that starts as soon as you open the site. 

What you’ll find: Supports legal rights of LGBTQ folks in Canada. With an especial focus on serving youth, has a phone service as well.

What you’ll find: Info and ideas on how to study, what to expect when starting college/university and how to deal with exam stress, etc.

What you’ll find: A directory for websites that offer Free Open Online Courses on multiple topics and areas.

What you’ll find: Step-by-step math help for questions and also based on mathematical subject area.

What you’ll find: Federal database for job searches, resources and information to help support someone looking for work. Also information on things like Employment Insurance, CCTB, etc.

What you’ll find: Website with video episodes of individuals in various career positions performing typical daily tasks, with interviews about their experiences. Adjustable search lets you tailor your results.

Relationships
Dating + Sexual/Romantic RelationshipsFamily

What you’ll find: A downloadable worksheet full of suggestions, creative things to think about, and prompts to facilitate conversation around sex, sexuality, gender, pleasure, and more.

What you’ll find: Comprehensive website providing information on how to change patterns of abuse and manipulation in relationships; for yourself, for someone else, how to get help, and more. Details how to identify abuse.

What you’ll find: PDF tip sheet on how to heal from heartbreak. In depth and easy to read.

What you’ll find: Good informative site for navigating dating, flirting, and hooking up. Great overall sexual health and relationship website. Peer support chat available on website.

What you’ll find: Talks you through how to raise issues with your parents, how to prepare and what to expect.

What you’ll find: A website to help families deal with family breakups. Has specific portals based on: province/age/relationship. Discusses emotions, laws, changes that are inevitable, etc.

What you’ll find: Information for parents on different types of anxiety found in children; includes causes, treatments and how to involve educators and schools.

BIPoC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour)
Resources for Black PeopleResources for Indigenous PeoplesResources for People of Color

What you’ll find: Site describing the activism of (predominantly black and of color folks) and their resistance to racially motivated police violence. Includes legal resources specific to Ontario, love letters, statements of solidarity.

What you’ll find: Informative site describing history of Black people in Canada and what often gets left out of state-dictated history books. Includes resources for students and teachers.

What you’ll find: A culturally grounded resource on coming out for African American (Canadian) folks.

Hope For Wellness Indigenous Peoples’ Helpline

Phone Number: 1-855-242-3310

What you’ll find:  Crisis and Emotional Support Helpline. No age restrictions, service across Canada. For Indigenous Peoples only. Chat Service available (unknown hours) at https://www.hopeforwellness.ca/Hours: 24/7

KUU-US Crisis Line (BC Only)

Phone Number: 1-800-588-8717

What is it: BC specific crisis line. Offers a non-judgmental approach to listening. For Adults, Elders or Youth. More info can be found at http://www.kuu-uscrisisline.ca/services-programs/24-hour-crisis-line/

Native Youth Crisis Hotline

Phone Number: 1-877-209-1266

What you’ll find: Crisis and referral service for self-identified Indigenous youth. Hours: 24/7

Talk Healing – A Help Line for Aboriginal Women (Ontario only)

Phone Number: 1-855-554-HEAL (4325)

Online Chat: https://www.talk4healing.com/

What you’ll find: Phone crisis line. Service in English, Ojibway, Oji-Cree and Cree. More info can be found at http://www.talk4healing.com/about/.  Hours: 24/7

What you’ll find: A website geared towards youth that wish to get more connected or involved with their specific culture. Lots of supportive suggestions, videos, and resources.

 

What you’ll find: Culturally specific information on health, wellness, health benefits, FNHA programs, and more. Some resource referral, mostly BC specific.

What you’ll find: Culturally specific information on suicide for indigenous youth. Includes personal stories, suicide FAQs and resources. Has not been updated in a while.

What you’ll find: World map of Indigenous territories, languages, and treaty areas.

What you’ll find: Comprehensive website for Indigenous Youth looking for resources on sexual health, safe sex, Two-Spirit identity. Has resources on harm reduction, reproductive health, Indigenous feminisms and masculinities, and culturally safe sex education. Really great resource section.

What you’ll find: Map of Friendship Centers across Canada, especially for off-reserve service delivery. Note: Could be outdated.

What you’ll find: A website for Native youth, by Native youth. Great articles, peer support videos on a multitude of issues that can either specifically relate to being Indigenous, or not.

What you’ll find: A breakdown of what racism can look like, and what legal rights and laws are surrounding racism and anti-racist resistance. Includes pages for educators, for employers, and for youth. Note: Website may be out of date.

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