“We all need somebody to lean on”
These words from the iconic and very karaoke-able song hold very true. Every person on earth faces challenges, and at one time or another, needs someone who will listen and offer support. Some people have strong networks that will support them, while others feel like there is no one to call.
If you feel like you have no one to turn to, there are many, many resources available.
iIf you or some you know is in need of immediate help, go to your local hospital or contact a crisis centre in your area.
https://kidshelpphone.ca/ is a resource for youth and children to call, text, or live chat with a counsellor. It’s anonymous and confidential
https://cmha.ca/find-your-cmha visit this site to find a nearby mental health centre.
https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en/ visit this site to find support if you are in a crisis. They have a phone number available 24/7
You can also call 866-273-4444 if you need prayer. There are prayer partners available 24/7 to take your call.
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Learn how to support family and friends with the resources available on https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/
Become certified to provide mental health first aid here: https://www.mhfa.ca/
More important than anything else, always know that it’s okay to talk about how you’re feeling. Even if you don’t think you have a mental illness, reach out to your family (if you think they will respond well), or let a friend know that you’re having a hard time.
People need people, and that’s okay.