There is a time when we need someone to talk to… but no one is there. No one is available. Sometimes the easiest person to talk to is the one who does not know you, does not know your story, and won’t judge your thoughts and feelings. Sometimes, the easiest person to talk to is the one that just listens.
Crisis lines are free, available resources with skilled counsellors who can listen to you, give guidance, and provide assistance.
The Black Youth Line is a successful youth line, geared specifically for Black youth in Ontario.
Kujenga Wellness Project offers a Navigation System, designed to support you locate resources that fit your personal needs and situations.
Phone and Text Support
- 24/7 hotline for post-secondary students in Ontario.
- Post-secondary students can receive professional counselling, and information and referrals for mental health, addictions, and their well-being.
- Can text GOOD2TALKON to 686868 to receive support over text.
- Phone: 1-866-925-5454
Kids Help Phone
- 24/7 support by phone, text, mobile app, or through the Kids Help Phone website.
- Offers professional counselling, information and referrals, and volunteer-led, text-based support to youth and children (help in English or French is available).
- Text a Crisis Responder at 686868
- Phone: 1-800-668-6868
Pride Line Durham
- Operates from 6pm-10pm daily.
- Provides emotional support, crisis intervention, and community referral information.
- Available to individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ within Durham Region or a parent or sibling of someone who identifies as LGBTQ+ and has questions or needs to talk about how they are feeling.
- Phone: 1-855-877-7433
Distress Centre Durham
- Provides emotional support and encouragement, crisis management, suicide risk assessment, community resource/referral information, and emergency intervention.
- 24/7 Helpline at 905-430-2522 or 1-800-452-0688
ONTX – Ontario Online & Text Crisis Services
- Text support is available from 2pm-2am daily.
- Can be accessed by dialing 258258.
- Will be required to complete a pre-chat survey.
Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline
- Available 24/7
- Connects victims and survivors with social services, legal help, emergency services, and will also receive tips from the public.
- Online chat is available the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline website.
- Phone: 1-833-900-1010
Community Resources to support you…
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