“Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.” ~ Robert H. Schuller

Hand in Hand, Suicide Prevention, CASPIf you, or someone you know, has had thoughts about suicide, it’s important to know you are not alone with those feelings. Suicide has affected all of us in one way or another. It’s okay to talk about it! And just as importantly, it’s okay to ask for help.

The struggle to fit in, meet expectations (both at school and at home), and express yourself without being judged, criticized or ridiculed can have negative impacts on your self-esteem and take the joy out of every day activities and social interactions. These types of thoughts normally indicate the presence of mental health problems such as depression that can be helped with the right resources and support.

YOU are not alone.

Thoughts of suicide can be a very scary feeling. If you’re a young person battling with suicidal thoughts, please understand that you are not alone, and that there are people who want to help you get through this pain, and find the help that you deserve to go on living.

Check out this amazing video, produced by the Peel District School Board. Let it be a reminder that you are not alone in your pain and loneliness. There are people who want to help and be there for you. Whether you are a friend, a classmate, a parent, or a teacher, we all need to stand up to support young people struggling with mental health issues and thoughts of suicide:

Helpful Websites for Youth at Risk:

If you’re suffering from depression or having suicidal thoughts, there are ways to cope that can help take some of the weight off your shoulders. Here is a list of great resources you might want to explore:

Mind Your Mind: An amazing website for young people between the ages of 14-24 to find support when going through tough times. It’s well equipped with interactive tools and apps to help you de-stress and get those positive vibes flowing.

To Write Love on Her Arms: A great resource for those struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury and suicide. Check out their blog filled with stories of those going through tough times.

Kids Help Phone: The Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 to youth under the age of twenty. Whether you want to ask about bullying, dating or sex, or feeling ready to hurt yourself and need to speak with a counselor, someone is ALWAYS ready to listen. Call 1-800-668-6868 and help will be provided immediately.

Your Life Counts:  The YLC Online Lifeline is a free, safe and secure place for you to share your worries/ concerns confidentially and anonymously just as you feel comfortable.

Need Help Now: Need Help Now provides useful advice on how to remove a picture or video from the Internet, how to cope with cyberbullying, and how to talk to friends in crisis.

Other Great Ways To Cope:

Always There App: Created by Kids Help Phone, the app provides a password protected space for you to log your feelings, flip through a ton of youth-submitted tips, inspirational quotes, and jokes aimed at helping you cope with stress.

Mind Your Mind also offers a ton of great apps to help you cope with the world around you (and have fun while you do it):

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Mind Your Mind also has space for creative expression. Submit a poem, blog, art piece or dance video that conveys how you’re feeling and share it with others going through similar situations.

Coping Kit: Create a Crisis Plan designed to get you through the tough times and help you feel in control.

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