Free Resources

We have vetted the following resources to be evidence-based, practical, and accessible to Canadians. Our resource library contains content for the general public as well as specifically for helping professionals. Feel free to send us suggestions for new resources!

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10 Helpful Things to Say to Someone With an Eating Disorder

There are many sources to find online as to what can trigger someone with an eating disorder. However, you’re likely left with one important question on your mind: So what should we say to someone recovering from an eating disorder?

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2SLGBTQIA+ Terminology Reference Guide

A basic education resource for anyone who wants to understand what language is most respectful when describing people who experience marginalizations that they do not share.

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7 Cups

Anonymous virtual chat with caring listeners for free emotional support.

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9-8-8 Suicide Crisis Helpline

Text or call 9-8-8 for a safe space to talk 24/7 every day of the year. Reach out if you are feeling like you have lost hope and are struggling to cope, if you are dealing with thoughts of suicide, or if you are worried about someone else.

 

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A Life Promotion Toolkit by Indigenous Youth

Strengthening Our Connections to Promote Life: A Life Promotion Toolkit by Indigenous Youth was proposed in 2019 to develop a youth-focused and youth-led response to suicide, mental wellness, and substance use in Indigenous communities.

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A Muslim Mental Health Self-Care Guide

A self-care guide for Muslim women emphasizing the importance of mental health.

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Action Canada: for Sexual Health + Rights

Toll-Free: 1‑888‑642‑2725 (9AM – 9PM EST)
The Access Line is a 7-day a week toll-free, confidential phone and text line. It is available for questions about sexual health, pregnancy options, abortion, and safer sex. We provide information and make referrals to sexual health providers.

1‑888‑642‑2725

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After a Suicide Attempt: A Guide for Family and Friends

This guide is to help you when someone you care about has made a suicide attempt
or demonstrated other suicidal behaviours.

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Allies & Solidarity - OUT Saskatoon

A starting place for people who are interested in supporting the vast, diverse, and wonderful 2SLGBTQ community.

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An Accommodation Guide for Managers and Staff

The purpose of this Guide is to outline some key skills that managers should have when presented with an employee who has a mental health concern. The main portion of the Guide is broken into
three parts:
1. Building Awareness
2. Responding Skills
3. Collaborating

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Antidepressant Skills Workbook

The Antidepressant Skills Workbook is a step-by-step guide to changing patterns that trigger depression. This workbook is based on scientific research about which strategies work best in managing depression.

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Anxiety Canada

Trusted resources and programs to help people better understand and manage anxiety and find the relief they need.

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Anxiety Disorders: An Information Guide

This guide is for people with anxiety disorders, their families, partners, friends and anyone else who might be interested. The many aspects of anxiety disorders discussed in this book will answer some common questions, and help readers discuss anxiety disorders with treatment providers.

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Be There

Step-by-step guide on how to be there for people struggling with their mental health.

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Black Mental Health Canada

Black Mental Health Canada (BMHC) advocates for culturally safe, accessible, and affordable mental health care to the diverse Black communities in Canada.

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Black Mental Health Canada - Provider Directory

A directory of black providers and non-black allies who provide counselling for black individuals and families.

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Black Youth Helpline

Anyone can initiate contact for support! Simply contact us by phone, email or connect with us through our contact us page. Briefly tell us what is happening and we will respond in a timely manner.

Call 416-285-9944
Toll Free 1-833-294-8650

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Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide for Families

A guide for families on supporting and understanding loved ones with a borderline personality disorder.

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Bounce Back - Canadian Mental Health Association

A free program designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry.

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BridgePoint Center for Eating Disorders: Resource Guide

A compilation of resources for those who struggle with body-image and/or eating disorders.

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Calm App

A meditation app for beginners that also includes programs for intermediate and advanced meditators. Guided meditation sessions are available in lengths of 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, or 25 minutes so you can choose the length that best fits your schedule. (F/P)

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Calm Harm

Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm.

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Canadian Drug Policy Coalition

Promotes drug policies that are grounded in compassion and guided by science with the goal to shift the public narrative on substance use and people who use drugs.

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CMHA - Anger Guide

We all feel angry sometimes. Most of the time, we can deal with feelings of anger or irritability quickly. We may resolve the situation or look at the problem from a different perspective. However, anger can cause problems in our lives and the lives of those around us. Learn more about recognizing problem anger and taking action.

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Coming Out: A Handbook for LGBTQ Young People

The Trevor Project’s Coming Out: A Handbook for LGBTQ Young People is here to help you navigate questions around your identity.

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Conversations You Need to Have About Mental Illness

Conversation guides for talking with friends, teenagers, and co-workers.

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Coping Skills for Kids: Anger

Kid-friendly coping skills used to help manage anger, including safe ways to express anger, books to read and videos that can help.

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Coping Skills for Kids: Anxiety

Kid tested strategies used by child therapists for calming anxiety, including ideas to calm down, books to read and videos that can help.

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Coping Skills for Kids: Stress

A therapist’s favorite strategies to cope with stress in safe and healthy ways, with stress management techniques for children, teens and families.

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Cornell University: Self-injury & Recovery Resources

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Counselling Connect Saskatchewan

Free access to rapid access counselling sessions for youth, adult, and families in Saskatchewan. 

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Cove

Cove is a musical journal for your mental health.
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COVID Coach

Build resilience, manage stress, and increase your well-being during this crisis.
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Crisis Text Line

Text HOME to 686868 from anywhere in Canada to connect with a Crisis Responder. Powered through Kids Help Phone, but a service for all ages.

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Depression: An Information Guide

This guide is for people living with depression, their families, or anyone who wants to understand the basics of this illness and its treatment and management.

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Educator's Guide to Inclusive Language

Inclusive language may feel challenging and awkward to use. Take the time to look through these suggestions, and find time to practice whenever possible.

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Embracing Life

A way to help yourself feel more positive and connected. A way to reach out and support someone you’re worried about.

  • Safety Planning
  • Practicing Gratitude
  • Suicide Prevention Information
  • Conversation Starters on Suicide
  • Resources

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Fact Sheets about Mood Disorders

Fact sheets on common mood disorders including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and seasonal affective disorder.

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Families for Addiction Recovery

The Parent-To-Parent program provides support for parents whose children (regardless of age) are struggling with addiction. Trained parent supporters with lived experience will lend an understanding ear and speak with you about strategies that can help both you and your child.

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Farm Stress Line

The 24/7 Farm Stress Line can help if you are managing farm difficulties by providing support for farmers and ranchers. Confidential support in a safe, neutral and non-judgmental environment.

1-800-667-4442

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Finding An Affirmative Therapist

A checklist to support LGBTQ+ youth in finding affirmative mental health care

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Happify

Happify is the single destination for effective, evidence-based solutions for better mental health. Whether you’re feeling sad, anxious, or stressed, Happify brings you effective tools and programs to help you take control of your feelings and thoughts.

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Heads Up Guys

An anonymous resource specifically designed for men, and their families, to arm men with the tools they need to fight depression, as well as recovery stories from men who have faced depression.

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Help Guide

A trusted resource to learn more about diverse mental health issues.

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Help Guide to Anger Management

These tips and techniques can help you get anger under control and express your feelings in healthier ways.

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Help Guide to Anxiety

Are worries, fears, or panic attacks making it hard to function or enjoy life? Learn about the various types of anxiety disorders and their symptoms, and what you can do to take back control and regain your peace of mind.

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Her Well-Being: A Mental Health Guide for Muslim Women

A guide for Muslim women on depression, anxiety, trauma, and abuse.

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Here to Help: Anger Management

Read on to find out if you have a problem with managing your anger and what to do about it.

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Hey Peers

Peer support groups, one-to-one coaching, and private chatrooms where you can find meetings and conversations that can help you on your journey.

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Hope for Wellness

Call or live chat via website below.
Immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada.

1-855-242-3310

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How to Identify and Overcome Trauma Triggers

When you encounter a trigger after trauma, a strong emotional and behavioural reaction comes over you. It’s as if you are reliving that trauma all over again. Trauma is known to have a long lasting and repetitive effect on our minds. However, there is hope for those who experience trauma’s aftereffects. Trauma-informed care and other treatments can help you can live a happy and fulfilling life.

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How to Take Care of Yourself

No matter what you’re going through, we want you to know you’re not alone. Here you’ll find everyday practices that can help you care for yourself, accept difficult feelings, and find support.

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How to Tell Someone You Have an Eating Disorder

Telling someone your concerns about the eating disorder and about recovery can be daunting. This page aims to help you have conversations that will give you the encouragement and support you deserve on the path to recovery.

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Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program

Provides cultural and emotional support, and mental health counselling services to Survivors of Indian Residential Schools and the families of former students.

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Indigenous Story Studio

Indigenous Story Studios creates illustrations, posters, videos, and comic books on health and social issues for youth.

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Kids Help Phone

A collection of mental health tools to support kids and youth through tough times.

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Kids Help Phone: Counselling Services

You can reach a professional counsellor at Kids Help Phone in English or French 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868.

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Kids Help Phone: Text Support

With Kids Help Phone’s texting service, you can chat with a trained, volunteer crisis responder for support any time, about anything, via text message. Free, confidential, and available across Canada 24/7. You don’t need a data plan, Internet connection or an app to use it. Text 686868.

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Talk Suicide - Community Resources

Find helplines and other crisis resources in your community. Use the drop-down menu to search by province, or the search bar to search by keyword.

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MAPS - My Anxiety Plans

My Anxiety Plans (MAPs) are anxiety management programs based on cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), an evidence-based psychological treatment. You can choose from two MAPs – Children/Teens and Adults.

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Mensline Austrailia: Anger Management Toolkit

Worksheets designed to assist you in developing your personal skills to better manage your anger.

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Mindshift

Learn to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take charge of your anxiety.

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My Crisis Care Plan!

A workbook for crisis care planning adopted from @lindsaybraman’s “My Personal Crisis Plan”

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My Kid Is Gay

My Kid Is Gay is a first-of-its-kind digital presence, inclusive of videos, advice, and resources, dedicated exclusively toward helping parents understand their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual children.

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My OCD Fighter

Track compulsions, set goals and more – the best way to fight your OCD!
The app helps users realize feasible and implementable solutions to their anxieties, using clinically proven techniques and modern methods of combating OCD.

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My Safety Plan: Disordered Eating

In collaboration with Kids Help Phone, this resource is a first-of-its-kind guide for creating a plan to keep yourself safer while coping with disordered eating.

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National Overdose Response Service

NORS is an overdose prevention hotline for Canadians providing loving, confidential, nonjudgmental support for you, whenever and wherever you use drugs.

1-888-688-6677

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Eating Disorder Helpline

Phone, live chat, and e-mail services are available. You can share as much as you feel comfortable with, and from there we can work together and provide in the moment support, resources, or information. Toll-Free: 1-866-NEDIC-20

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New Synapse

10 Resiliency Building Skills to Practice to Make Progress in Trauma Recovery

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Nisa Helpline

Nisa Helpline is a confidential, anonymous & free helpline for Muslim women across North America that offers mental health support and peer counselling. Available seven days a week from 10 AM to 10 PM EST.

1-888-315-6472

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NOCD

A collection of articles and resources related to OCD.

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Nod - by Hopelab

An app that equips college students with science-backed skills to build satisfying social connections.

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Nothing Much Happens

Busy minds need a place to rest. If you find yourself struggling to sleep, awake in the middle of the night, or just anxious as you move through the day, these stories can be a soft landing to you, a simple enjoyable way to focus and relax.

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notOK

notOK App® is a free digital panic button to get you immediate support via text, phone call, or GPS location when you’re struggling to reach out.

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Now Matters Now

For individuals experiencing thoughts of suicide.

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Now Matters Now

Skills and support for coping with suicidal thoughts.

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OUTSaskatoon: Identities & Terms

A starting place to learn about the vast, diverse, and wonderful world of the 2SLGBTQ community.

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Parents' A-Z Mental Health Guides

Our A-Z guide gives you advice on how to help your child with their feelings and behaviour, mental health conditions, and life events.

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Pflag Canada

A guide for parents to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their LGBTQ2S children.

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Project Lets

Project LETS is a national (USA) grassroots organization and movement led by and for folks with lived experience of mental illness/madness, Disability, trauma, & neurodivergence.

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Project LETS: Anxiety

Learn more about Anxiety from folks with lived experience of mental illness.

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Project LETS: Borderline Personality Disorder

Learn more about BPD from folks with lived experience of mental illness.

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Project LETS: OCD

Learn more about OCD from folks with lived experience of mental illness.

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Project LETS: Psychosis

Learn more about Psychosis from folks with lived experience of mental illness.

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Project LETS: Schizophrenia

Learn more about Schizophrenia from folks with lived experience of mental illness.

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Project LETS: Self-Care

Crowdsourced self-care/collective-care strategies.

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Q List

The Q List a vast and varied referral list for businesses, organizations, professionals, and healthcare providers in Saskatoon that aim to be inclusive of 2SLGBTQ+ people.

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Recovery Research Institute

The Recovery Research Institute is a leading nonprofit research institute dedicated to the advancement of addiction treatment and recovery. They translate the technical science of addiction medicine to allow everyday people to understand important findings.

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Resources For Teaching Youth

A collection of age-appropriate slides, videos, and lesson plans for teaching Elementary & Secondary school youth about a variety of topics including Healthy Relationships, Contraceptives, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Rejection & Boundaries, and Puberty.

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Rootd App

Panic attack & anxiety relief right in your pocket.

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SaskAgMatters Mental Health Network Inc.

For agriculture producers, their family members and agricultural workers in Saskatchewan. Provides six free counselling sessions with trained and registered mental health professionals.

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Self Compassion Exercises & Guided Meditation

A helpful list of guided meditations and exercises for practicing self-compassion.

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Sexfluent

Welcome to a community of young people who are unapologetically curious about exploring their bodies and sexuality, while inspiring others to do the same.

We embrace our differences because that’s what makes each and every one of us unique and beautiful!

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Suicide Is Different

Tools to help you if you are worried about someone struggling with thoughts of suicide.

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Talking Stick

Talking Stick is a text-only chat platform for Indigenous people. It provides culture-based support on any topic at all. It’s a safe place to have confidential, judgement-free conversations with someone who is also Indigenous themselves.

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Teens Talk YXE

Teens Talk YXE hosts monthly teen sharing circles in Saskatoon where youth can find comfort and community while talking about their mental health struggles in a safe, non-judgemental space.

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The Empathy Menu

A list of different ways to show empathy through our actions.

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The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project provides 24/7 crisis support services to LGBTQ young people. Text, chat, or call anytime to reach a trained counsellor.

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Thunderbird Wellness App

The Thunderbird Wellness App promotes a strengths-based, trauma informed approach to supporting Indigenous wellness. The App provides tangible ways to support First Nations, from opioid and methamphetamine use, to treatment, prevention, addressing stigma associated with substance use and how to support harm reduction strategies, all presented in a user friendly, culturally grounded way.

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Trans and Gender Diverse Mental Health, Wellness and Suicide Prevention Toolkit

SPECTRUM, Waterloo Region’s Rainbow Community Space, developed this toolkit on trans mental wellness and suicide prevention in response to trans community needs and priorities.

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Trans Lifeline

877-330-6366
Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support phone service run by trans people for our trans and questioning peers.

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TransCare+

TransCare+ is a community-based organization run by and for queer and gender diverse folx. TransCare+ operates as a knowledge hub, educational platform/service provider, and care collective.

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We Matter

We Matter is a place to help Indigenous youth get through hard times, whether you need support yourself or want to support someone you know.

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What’s Up Walk-In

Toronto’s only free, six-day-a-week mental health counselling walk-in service for infants, children, youth, young adults, and families.

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Words Matter: The Language of Addiction

Addiction is a disease. It’s important that we use language that frames it as a health issue and shows respect to people with addiction and their families who are impacted. Just like we would with any other disease, like diabetes or asthma.

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Workplace Mental Health

Mental health resources specifically for the workplace.

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Workplace Plan for Resilience

This resource can help you move from merely surviving to actually thriving by helping you build resilience and plan for stressful situations. Developing a plan to get through potentially stressful situations can have a positive impact on both your personal and work life.

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Wysa

In an effort to make the world more mentally resilient, we developed Wysa – an AI chatbot that leverages evidence-based cognitive-behavioral techniques (CBT) to make you feel heard. Blended with professional human support, Wysa provides 24/7 high-quality mental health support.

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YoungMinds: Self-Harm Guide

A guide to learn what self-harm is, signs of self-harm in a young person, and how to support a youth who self-harms.

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Youth Line

Confidential, non-judgemental, and informed 2SLGBTQ+ peer support through text and chat services. Get in touch with a peer support volunteer from Sunday to Friday, 4:00PM to 9:30 PM EST.

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Youth Space

A free online crisis & emotional support chat service for youth under 30 across Canada. We listen without judgement, and keep chats confidential & anonymous. Open every day of the year from 6pm-midnight PT. Text us at: 778-783-0177.

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