January 25th marks Bell Let’s Talk Day, a day committed to raising awareness for mental health in Canada. Mental health can be a difficult subject to talk about, and it requires a safe and supportive environment, especially for children struggling. Helping youth understand their experiences and emotions, supporting them, where they are at, and how they express themselves can be a strong step towards building strong and healthy mental health practices. The CTRC has put together a list of resources below, supportive of both youth, and those entrusted with their care.
Bell Let’s Talk has compiled a variety of resources dedicated to mental health, including tools for the classroom.
Jack.org is a Canadian organization dedicated to empowering youth and mental health advocacy that offers access to many resources.
Youth Helpline: 1-888-668-6810
Adult Helpline: 1-866-585-0445
Wellness Together is a free 24/7 helpline and support service with access to resources like articles and self-guided programs.
The Kids Help Phone is a 24/7 helpline available for anyone aged 5 to 29, with a variety of online resources as well as an online chat.