Life can feel challenging sometimes – people face stressful times or events in their own ways. At times, there may be so much to handle that you feel overwhelmed.
Many people experience mental health challenges at one time or another in their lives. For some, these challenges may become more frequent or interfere with day-to-day activities.
However, you don’t need to be facing challenges to reach out for support. Speaking to someone about mental health can be a regular part of your life, just like seeing a doctor for check-ups.
Whether you would like to find support for yourself, a loved one, or friend, it’s okay if you don’t know where to start. Taking the first step can feel confusing and uncertain. No matter what you are experiencing, there are ways to get help and feel supported.
If you are an adult looking for support for your own mental health, here are some places to start:
Call 8-1-1, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to talk to a health services navigator or a registered nurse about mental health supports and services in your community. 8-1-1 provides translation services (on request) in more than 130 languages.
If you are a parent or caregiver seeking support for a young person, there are ways to get connected to support:
Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of British Columbia
Provides a toll-free number connecting callers to a BC crisis line, without a wait or busy signal. Offers emotional support, information on appropriate referral options, and a wide range of support relating to mental health concerns.