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My best friend committed suicide. Every day after this happened up to today and every day after today I think about her. Sometimes I cry about it and sometimes I don’t. i don’t want to sound rude but I’m exhausted from feeling this way….. I just wish that it wouldn’t affect me so much.
- Real post from kidshelpphone.ca

100% of young people will experience sadness, frustration, grief, stress… How they are supported is what counts.

Mental health struggles can affect any kid, anywhere, at any time. It can affect the kid in your life.

Offering safe, accessible, age-appropriate and immediate counselling to young people, Kids Help Phone’s professionalcounsellors play a vital role in reducing mental distress.

Did you know?

  • An estimated 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder
  • Mental illness and disorders are considered to be the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide
  • Approximately 5% of male youth and 12% of female youth between the ages of 12 to 19, have experienced a major depressive episode
  • In Canada, 3.2 million youths between the ages of 12 to 19 are at risk for developing depression
  • Canada's youth suicide rate is the third highest in the industrialized world.
  • Suicide is among the leading causes of death in 15-24 year olds in Canada, second only to accidents.
  • In total, 4,000 people in Canada die prematurely each year by suicide.
  • Schizophrenia is youth's greatest disabler as it strikes most often in the 16 to 30 year age group, affecting every 1 out of every 100 people.
  • Surpassed only by injuries, mental disorders in youth are ranked as the second highest hospital care expenditure in Canada.
  • In Canada, only 1 out of 5 children who need mental health services receives them.

Source: The Canadian Mental Health Assocation http://www.cmha.ca/bins/content_page.asp?cid=6-20-23-44

How we help

One of the most important assets Canada has in dealing with youth mental wellbeing is Kids Help Phone.

We are the only resource in Canada that is available for kids 24 hours a day, and the only organization that has access to a database of over 37,000 local resources. That means that no matter where a kid is calling from, our counsellors can connect them to a service right in their community, whether they need a place to stay for the night, a way-home or a sexual health clinic.

Kids can always get free, anonymous support by calling one of our professional counsellors at 1-800-668-6868 or by visiting www.kidshelpphone.ca.

Parents, grandparents, caregivers, and professionals working with youth can also visit www.kidshelpphone.ca for useful tips and relevant information on more than 50 issues that kids tell us are important to them.

Check out our main website for more information about the work of Kids Help Phone

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