Emotional challenges can be the most difficult thing to cope with as they interfere with your ability to manage your everyday activities. Getting out of bed, going to school or work, making decisions about what to eat, or even getting dressed can be increasingly difficult. During these times, we tend to isolate ourselves, sometimes because we don’t know where to turn.
If you are here, you most likely have some questions about what to do when you are emotionally distraught. Whether you are the only person noticing the changes going on, or other people have mentioned to you that things seem different, if you need help, you have come to the right place.
Isolation and silence are your biggest enemies! Nobody should ever feel ashamed about facing any sort of mental health issue. Consider reaching out as there are people who want to help you.
For youth, your school counselor is an excellent resource. They have a list of the resources that are available in your area and can help you make a plan that will work for you.
If you are more confident in your relationship with your parents, talk directly with them first, or another adult you trust. It is good to talk to your friends; however, it is important to have an adult contact. Also, your family doctor will be able to assess your emotional stability and coping skills and determine if you should be referred to a see a psychiatrist.
The Foundry Website states:
“We believe young people should have a voice in their care and that finding the right support shouldn’t be difficult.
We are building a province-wide network of integrated health and social service centres for young people ages 12-24. Foundry centres provide a one-stop-shop for young people to access mental health care, substance use services, primary care, social services and youth and family peer supports.
We provide safe, non-judgmental care, information and resources, and work to reach young people earlier – before health challenges become problematic. Foundry brings health and social services together in a single place to make it easier for young people to find the care, connection and support they need.”
Crisis Centre Services: Here to Help Website
Operating four regional crisis lines, two 1-800-SUICIDE lines and two Mental Health Support lines which are connected to a network of crisis lines across BC as well as a dedicated Seniors’ Distress Line. The phone lines are available in over 140 languages using a language service.
Provide youth and adults with an opportunity to talk openly yet confidentially when in distress, or crisis, seek emotional support, and locate referral services in their community.
Education and training that fosters resiliency and builds the capacity to respond to crisis and suicide in our communities. Includes programming for community members and service providers (training), youth and older adults.
Communities Served by Crisis Centre Services
The Crisis Centre serves the communities of Vancouver, Burnaby, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, the Sea-to-Sky Corridor (Squamish, Whistler & Pemberton), the Sunshine Coast and Powell River. Toll-free access is provided to the Sea-to-Sky Corridor and the Sunshine Coast. Services are also provided province-wide through our web-based chats for youth and adults in distress and 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433 – operated in participation with the Distress Line Network of BC). Service providers and community members from all over BC attend our training programs.
Visit our RESOURCES PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Thank you to our generous supporters
The Stigma-Free Society, formerly the Bipolar Disorder Society of BC, is a registered non-profit since January 2010. Charity Registration Number: 827676867 RR0001