Suicide & Self-Harm

Suicide refers to an act which causes one’s own death. There are many factors that can cause a person to experience suicidal thoughts or attempt suicide. Work, family, and social life factors, as well as extreme stress, can cause a range of emotions, including sadness, anxiety, and hopelessness. This can also cause, or be caused by, turmoil in family, friend, and romantic relationships, financial difficulties, or an underlying mental health condition. In severe cases, or left untreated, a person may have suicidal thoughts or attempt to commit suicide. Once a person has attempted suicide, they are at greater risk for future attempts. Having suicidal thoughts is different from occasionally feeling simply down or sad. If you feel you would like more information, community resources, or the guidance of a counselor to help answer questions or face challenges brought on a suicide attempt, for either yourself, a friend, or loved one, we are here to provide you with the resources you need. If you are in need of urgent, or emergency sources of support and information to help manage suicidal thoughts, Kinjunxion is here to help.

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Queer Youth, Suicide and Self-Harm

Troubled Subjects, Troubling Norms

Offering a new way of understanding the high self-harm and suicide rates among sexual and gender minority youth, this book prioritises the perspectives and experiences of queer young people, including those who have experience of self-harming and/or feeling suicidal. Presenting analysis based on research carried out with young people both online and face-to-face, the authors offer a critical perspective on the role of norms, namely developmental norms, gender and sexuality norms, and neoliberal norms, in the production of self-harming and suicidal youth. Queer Youth, Suicide and Self-Harm is unique in the way it works at the intersection of class and sexuality, and in its specific focus on transgender youth and the concept of embodied distress. It also examines the implications of this research for self-harm reduction and suicide prevention.

Suicide and Self-Harm in Prisons and Jails

This book explores several topics pertaining to suicide and deliberate self-harm in the corrections setting, including who tends to commit these acts; where, when, and how these incidents occur; screening mechanisms; the role of environmental stimuli in facilitating or preventing acts of self harm; interpersonal relations among inmates and between inmates and staff; the role of the courts in setting and ruling on suicide prevention policies; and diversion and re-entry plans for offenders.

Treating Suicidal Clients & Self-Harm Behaviors

Assessments, Worksheets & Guides for Interventions and Long-Term Care

Developed from years of working with the most challenging suicidal cases, Dr. Meagan N. Houston has created a workbook to prepare you for all the intricacies that affect clients' choices to live or die. Treating Suicidal Clients & Self-Harm Behaviors is filled with proven assessments, unique worksheets and action-based methods to help your clients navigate and survive the turbulent periods of their lives where suicidal and/or self-harm behaviors appear to be their primary options to cope. This complete resource also includes underlying etiology, varying life factors, and mental health concerns that influence suicidal and self-destructive behaviors. * Downloadable assessments, worksheets and guides * Therapy approaches for Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI) and suicidal behavior * Applying crisis management skills, DBT and CBT to treatment * Ethical and legal issues related to working with suicidal behavior * Incorporating technology into treatment * Strategies for specific populations

The Oxford Handbook of Suicide and Self-injury

Suicide is a perplexing human behavior that remains among the leading causes of death worldwide, responsible for more deaths each year than all wars, genocide, and homicide combined. Although suicide and other forms of self-injury have baffled scholars and clinicians for thousands of years, the past few decades have brought significant leaps in our understanding of these behaviors. This volume provides a comprehensive summary of the most important and exciting advances in our understanding of suicide and self-injury and our ability to predict and prevent it. Comprised of a formidable who's who in the field, the handbook covers the full spectrum of topics in suicide and self-injury across the lifespan, including the classification of different self-injurious behaviors, epidemiology, assessment techniques, and intervention. Chapters probe relevant issues in our society surrounding suicide, including assisted suicide and euthanasia, suicide terrorism, overlap between suicidal behavior and interpersonal violence, ethical considerations for suicide researchers, and current knowledge on survivors of suicide. The most comprehensive handbook on suicide and self-injury to date, this volume is a must-read text for graduate students, fellows, academic and research psychologists, and other researchers working in the brain and behavioral sciences.

Relating to Self-Harm and Suicide

Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Practice, Theory and Prevention

Alessandra Lemma - Winner of the Levy-Goldfarb Award for Child Psychoanalysis! Relating to Self-Harm and Suicide presents original studies and research from contemporary psychoanalysts, therapists and academics focusing on the psychoanalytic understanding of suicide and self-harm, and how this can be applied to clinical work and policy. This powerful critique of current thinking suggests that suicide and self-harm must be understood as having meaning within interpersonal and intrapsychic relationships, offering a new and more hopeful dimension for prevention and recovery. Divided into three sections, the book includes: a theoretical overview examples of psychoanalytic practice with self-harming and suicidal patients applications of psychoanalytic thinking to suicide and self-harm prevention. Relating to Self-Harm and Suicide will be helpful to psychoanalytic therapists, analysts and mental health professionals wanting to integrate psychoanalytic ideas into their work with self-harmers and the suicidal. This text will also be of use to academics and professionals involved in suicidal prevention.

Cry of Pain

Understanding Suicide and Self-harm

Any person grieving for someone who has committed suicide copes with a question that can never be answered: Why? In this enlightening book, directed at the lay person and professional alike, a clinical psychologist draws on the latest research to explore suicide from all aspects: its history, changing sociological patterns, psychiatric and psychological factors, and moral issues. This book is a compassionate and balanced attempt to bring some understanding to the painful feelings that lead to such an extreme act -- without judging, generalizing, or misreading the messages of suicidal behavior.

A History of Self-Harm in Britain

A Genealogy of Cutting and Overdosing

This book is open access under a CC BY license and charts the rise and fall of various self-harming behaviours in twentieth-century Britain. It puts self-cutting and overdosing into historical perspective, linking them to the huge changes that occur in mental and physical healthcare, social work and wider politics.

By Their Own Young Hand

Deliberate Self-harm and Suicidal Ideas in Adolescents

Self-harm in adolescents is an increasingly recognized problem, and there is growing awareness of the important role schools and health services can play in detecting and supporting those at risk. By Their Own Young Hand explores the findings of the first large-scale survey of deliberate self-harm and suicidal thinking in adolescents in the UK, and draws out the implications for prevention strategies and mental health promotion. Six thousand young people were asked about their experiences of self-harm, the coping methods they use, and their attitudes to the help and support available. The authors identify the risk and protective factors for self-harm, exploring why some adolescents with suicidal thoughts go on to harm themselves while others do not, what motivates some young people to seek help, and whether distressed teenagers feel they receive the support they need. By Their Own Young Hand offers practical advice on how schools can detect young people at risk, cope with the aftermath of self-harm or attempted suicide, and develop training programmes for teachers. It also examines the roles of self-help, telephone helplines, email counselling, and walk-in crisis centres. Packed with adolescents' own personal accounts and perspectives, this accessible overview will be essential reading for teachers, social workers and mental health professionals.

Suicide and self-injury in prison

a literature review

Deliberate Self-Harm in Adolescence

Self-harm in adolescence and late teens is known to be increasing, though it is difficult to detect and inconsistently recorded. This thorough, practical and evidence-based book provides guidance for professionals and parents caring for children and young people at risk of self-harm and suicide. Claudine Fox and Keith Hawton discuss risk factors for self-harm, including depression, substance abuse and antisocial behaviour, and critically examine key screening instruments that can be used to assess risk. They describe how suicidal behaviour can be managed and prevented, and look at the effectiveness of aftercare treatment for those who self-harm, including school-based suicide-prevention programs and family therapy. Also addressed are common myths about self-harm and the problem of varying definitions in this field. Deliberate Self-Harm in Adolescence clearly summarizes and evaluates current research into suicidal behaviour - it is essential reading for social workers, mental health professionals, GPs, teachers and parents.

Contemplating Suicide

The Language and Ethics of Self-Harm

Suicide is devastating. It is an assault on our ideas of what living is about. In Contemplating Suicide Gavin Fairbairn takes fresh look at suicidal self harm. His view is distinctive in not emphasising external facts: the presence or absence of a corpse, along with evidence that the person who has become a corpse, intended to do so. It emphasises the intentions that the person had in acting, rather than the consequences that follow from those actions. Much of the book is devoted to an attempt to construct a natural history of suicidal self harm and to examine some of the ethical issues that it raises. Fairbairn sets his philosophical reflections against a background of practical experience in the caring professions and uses a storytelling approach in offering a critique of the current language of self harm along with some new ways of thinking. Among other things he offers cogent reasons for abandoning the mindless use of terms such as attempted suicide and parasuicide , and introduces a number of new terms including cosmic roulette , which he uses to describe a family of human acts in which people gamble with their lives. By elaborating a richer model of suicidal self harm than most philosophers and most practitioners of caring professions currently inhabit, Fairbairn has contributed to the development of understanding in this area. Among other things a richer model and vocabulary may reduce the likelihood that those who come into contact with suicidal self harm, will believe that familiarity with the physical facts of the matter - the actions of the suicider and the presence or absence of a corpse - is always sufficient to justify a definite conclusion about the nature of the self harming act.

A Parent's Guide to Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention

With rates of suicide and self-harm on the rise, we can’t afford to not talk with our children about these difficult topics. Learn what God says about both, how to initiate conversations, and how to get help. Parent Guides are your one-stop shop for biblical guidance on teen culture, trends, and struggles. In 15 pages or fewer, each guide tackles issues your teens are facing right now—things like doubts, the latest apps and video games, mental health, technological pitfalls, and more. Using Scripture as their backbone, these Parent Guides offer compassionate insight to teens’ world, thoughts, and feelings, as well as discussion questions and practical advice for impactful discipleship.

Salvation Army (The) - Suicide Prevention Crisis Line - Central Hamilton

The Salvation Army Hope Line providing telephone and intervention to individuals experiencing crisis.

Additional services include:

* Consultation Services
* Practical assistance through Family Services Department
* Chaplaincy services
* Resources and referrals
* Education and training workshops

Salvation Army (The) - Suicide Prevention Crisis Line - Central Hamilton

The Salvation Army Hope Line providing telephone and intervention to individuals experiencing crisis.

Additional services include:

* Consultation Services
* Practical assistance through Family Services Department
* Chaplaincy services
* Resources and referrals
* Education and training workshops

Salvation Army (The) - Suicide Prevention Crisis Line - Central Hamilton

The Salvation Army Hope Line providing telephone and intervention to individuals experiencing crisis.

Additional services include:

* Consultation Services
* Practical assistance through Family Services Department
* Chaplaincy services
* Resources and referrals
* Education and training workshops

Bay Gardens Funeral Home - Bereavement Support Services

Bereavement support services, open to all members of the public, include:
* referrals to grief counseling professionals
* events and seminars
* one-to-one support and support groups
* Friends In Grief - peer support groups for adults 18+ (suicide spousal loss, adult and men's group)

Heartache2Hope

Provides healing support to adults who have experienced a suicide loss * works to meet the needs and break the isolation of individuals who have experienced the death of a loved one by suicide

Services include:  

- Suicide Loss support groups:
  • open and closed groups
  • provide a safe place for grieving individuals to share their experiences with others
  • provide an understanding of the uniqueness of suicide loss
  • relieve isolation
  • assist with healing and reconciliation
  • extend hope for a positive and productive future
  • support groups are held at the Canadian Mental Health Association office at 1540 Cornwall Rd, Unit 102, Oakville

- One-on-One Grief Support: individual grief support sessions that provide a non-judgmental and understanding environment where experiences and feelings can be shared freely

- Community Education:
  • educational presentations: providing education on the unique aspects of suicide loss, the grieving process and traumatic bereavement
  • professional training: provide training to professionals and organizations on topics such as traumatic bereavement, suicide loss, and grief support

General Topics and Information - 24 Hour Crisis and Distress Services - Phone, Text and Chat - Halton

This record shows 24/7 crisis and distress services (phone, text, chat) serving Halton Region
* listing is not a complete list of every possible resource available
* for additional community information 24/7, dial 2-1-1 from anywhere in Ontario (translation available)

IN AN EMERGENCY, CALL 9-1-1 for police, fire and ambulance


GENERAL DISTRESS

Distress Centre Halton:
* Oakville: 905-849-4541
* Burlington: 905-681-1488
* North Halton: 905-877-1211
* Text & Chat: 647-557-6250 (Not 24/7, check here for times)

ConnexOntario: 1-866-531-2600, Online Chat, Email
* access to Addiction, Mental Health, and Problem Gambling Services

ONTX Ontario Online & Text Crisis Service: Text 741741, Online Chat
* available 2 pm-2 am daily
* will need to complete a pre-chat survey, agree to terms and conditions of service

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 686868
* support and information in any type of crisis
* trained volunteers
* does not provide medical advice

Youth Space: Text 778-783-0177, Online Chat
* available 9 pm-3 am daily
* a community of professionally-trained volunteers who are here to support you, whatever you are going through
* ages 30 and under


MENTAL HEALTH

COAST (Crisis Outreach And Support Team): 1-877-825-9011, TTY 1-844-646-1700
* Halton telephone support and mobile intervention program for those who are in crisis and have a mental health concern
* ages 16 and up

Canada Suicide Prevention Service: 1-833-456-4566
* suicide prevention and support
* telephone counselling
* resources and support

Big White Wall: Online Chat
* mental health and wellbeing chat service
* safe and anonymous
* includes online peer community support
* a place for creative and artistic expression of emotions
* guided support courses and tools to help with self-management
* mental health self-assessments

Children and Youth

ROCK (Reach Out Centre for Kids) Crisis Line: 905-878-9785
* for children and youth in crisis, and caregivers/community members
* ages 16 and under

Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868, Text CONNECT to 686868, Online Chat
* bilingual help-line provides free counselling, information and referral on anonymous basis to children and youth
* ages 5-25

Good2Talk: 1-866-925-5454
* telephone counselling
* mental health and addiction information, professional counselling, and referral on a wide range of services on and off campus
* anonymous and confidential
* post-secondary school students

Indigenous

Hope for Wellness Helpline: 1-855-242-3310, online chat
* a mental health helpline, telephone or online chat, for Indigenous people
* provides immediate, culturally relevant crisis counselling support
* refers callers to additional supports if needed

TALK4HEALING (Women Only): Call or text: 1-855-554-HEAL, or start your live chat session here
* 24/7 help, support and resources for Indigenous women, by Indigenous women, all across Ontario
* services in 14 different Indigenous languages

Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419
* immediate and culturally appropriate counseling supports to former students that are experiencing distress

Veterans

Veterans Affairs Canada Crisis Line: 1-800-268-7708, TTY: 1-800-567-5803
* short-term problem solving with mental health professionals

Veterans Emergency Transition Services Canada: 1-888-228-3871
* Canadian Veterans who are in crisis, at risk of becoming homeless, or are homeless, and their family members

2SLGBTTQQI

Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line (Sunday-Friday 4 pm-9 pm)
Toll Free: 1-800-268-9688, TTY: 416-962-0777, Text 647-694-4275, E-mail: askus@youthline.ca, Online Chat
* peer support by telephone, email, text and online chat
* information and referral
* anonymous and confidential
* Youth Line Blog
* referral database of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans) youth services

Trans Lifeline: 1-877-330-6366, Mon-Sun 10 am-4 pm
* a hotline that is staffed by transgender people for transgender people, primarily those in crisis
* based out of the USA

First Responders

Boots on the Ground: 1-833-677-2668
* Peer Support for First Responders
* services offered to retired and serving Police Officers, Firefighters, EMS and Corrections Officers across the Province
* able to provide in person peer support 24/7 in the GTA


SEXUAL ASSAULT AND DOMESTIC / FAMILY VIOLENCE

Halton Womens Place Crisis Line:
* Burlington 905-332-7892
* Milton 905-878-8555
* 24-hour crisis line and shelter for abused women and their dependent children, emergency transportation to shelter available

SAVIS (Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services):
* 24-hour crisis line, 905-875-1555
* 24-hour Human Trafficking Crisis Hotline, 289-837-3999
* free individual counselling for ages 14 and up
* support services for friends and family members
* advocacy, support and accompaniment to Nina's Place, the police station and court

Femaide (Francophone, formerly Oasis Centre des Femmes): 1-877-336-2433, TTY: 1-866-860-7082
* provincial crisis line and confidential services for Francophone women who are victims or survivors of any form of violence or are in distress
* crisis intervention, support and referral to community agencies

Inasmuch House, Hamilton: 905-529-8600, TTY: 905-529-8029
* emergency shelter for women and children in crisis, due to abuse and homelessness
* ages 16 and up

Interval House of Hamilton: 905-387-8881 (if long distance, call collect)
* a transition house and emergency shelter specifically for abused women and their children
* all services are confidential and include meals, emergency clothing, personal needs, counselling services
* free emergency transportation by taxi to Interval House
* ages 16 and up

Good Shepherd Centre, Martha House, Hamilton: 905-523-6277
* a secure, accessible, 40-bed emergency shelter
* for Women experiencing abuse and/or homelessness and their children
* ages 16 and up

Native Womens Centre, Hamilton: 1-888-308-6559
* provides safe, emergency shelter and support programs for all women regardless of age, ancestry, culture, place of origin or sexual orientation with or without children who are experiencing crisis in their lives due to family violence, homelessness, or conflict with the law

Children and Youth

Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting (see full record here) For children in need of care/protection, report to either:
* Halton Children's Aid Society (South Halton 905-333-4441, North Halton 905-876-1682) or
* Halton Regional Police non-emergency line 905-825-4747 ext 5155, North Halton 905-878-5511

HEALTH

Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000, TTY: 1-866-797-0007
* provides health advice and information from a registered nurse (service of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, no Ontario Health Insurance required)

EMERGENCY SHELTERS IN HALTON AND AREA

See full record here

General Topics and Information - 24 Hour Crisis and Distress Services - Phone, Text and Chat - Halton

This record shows 24/7 crisis and distress services (phone, text, chat) serving Halton Region
* listing is not a complete list of every possible resource available
* for additional community information 24/7, dial 2-1-1 from anywhere in Ontario (translation available)

IN AN EMERGENCY, CALL 9-1-1 for police, fire and ambulance


GENERAL DISTRESS

Distress Centre Halton:
* Oakville: 905-849-4541
* Burlington: 905-681-1488
* North Halton: 905-877-1211
* Text & Chat: 647-557-6250 (Not 24/7, check here for times)

ConnexOntario: 1-866-531-2600, Online Chat, Email
* access to Addiction, Mental Health, and Problem Gambling Services

ONTX Ontario Online & Text Crisis Service: Text 741741, Online Chat
* available 2 pm-2 am daily
* will need to complete a pre-chat survey, agree to terms and conditions of service

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 686868
* support and information in any type of crisis
* trained volunteers
* does not provide medical advice

Youth Space: Text 778-783-0177, Online Chat
* available 9 pm-3 am daily
* a community of professionally-trained volunteers who are here to support you, whatever you are going through
* ages 30 and under


MENTAL HEALTH

COAST (Crisis Outreach And Support Team): 1-877-825-9011, TTY 1-844-646-1700
* Halton telephone support and mobile intervention program for those who are in crisis and have a mental health concern
* ages 16 and up

Canada Suicide Prevention Service: 1-833-456-4566
* suicide prevention and support
* telephone counselling
* resources and support

Big White Wall: Online Chat
* mental health and wellbeing chat service
* safe and anonymous
* includes online peer community support
* a place for creative and artistic expression of emotions
* guided support courses and tools to help with self-management
* mental health self-assessments

Children and Youth

ROCK (Reach Out Centre for Kids) Crisis Line: 905-878-9785
* for children and youth in crisis, and caregivers/community members
* ages 16 and under

Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868, Text CONNECT to 686868, Online Chat
* bilingual help-line provides free counselling, information and referral on anonymous basis to children and youth
* ages 5-25

Good2Talk: 1-866-925-5454
* telephone counselling
* mental health and addiction information, professional counselling, and referral on a wide range of services on and off campus
* anonymous and confidential
* post-secondary school students

Indigenous

Hope for Wellness Helpline: 1-855-242-3310, online chat
* a mental health helpline, telephone or online chat, for Indigenous people
* provides immediate, culturally relevant crisis counselling support
* refers callers to additional supports if needed

TALK4HEALING (Women Only): Call or text: 1-855-554-HEAL, or start your live chat session here
* 24/7 help, support and resources for Indigenous women, by Indigenous women, all across Ontario
* services in 14 different Indigenous languages

Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419
* immediate and culturally appropriate counseling supports to former students that are experiencing distress

Veterans

Veterans Affairs Canada Crisis Line: 1-800-268-7708, TTY: 1-800-567-5803
* short-term problem solving with mental health professionals

Veterans Emergency Transition Services Canada: 1-888-228-3871
* Canadian Veterans who are in crisis, at risk of becoming homeless, or are homeless, and their family members

2SLGBTTQQI

Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line (Sunday-Friday 4 pm-9 pm)
Toll Free: 1-800-268-9688, TTY: 416-962-0777, Text 647-694-4275, E-mail: askus@youthline.ca, Online Chat
* peer support by telephone, email, text and online chat
* information and referral
* anonymous and confidential
* Youth Line Blog
* referral database of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans) youth services

Trans Lifeline: 1-877-330-6366, Mon-Sun 10 am-4 pm
* a hotline that is staffed by transgender people for transgender people, primarily those in crisis
* based out of the USA

First Responders

Boots on the Ground: 1-833-677-2668
* Peer Support for First Responders
* services offered to retired and serving Police Officers, Firefighters, EMS and Corrections Officers across the Province
* able to provide in person peer support 24/7 in the GTA


SEXUAL ASSAULT AND DOMESTIC / FAMILY VIOLENCE

Halton Womens Place Crisis Line:
* Burlington 905-332-7892
* Milton 905-878-8555
* 24-hour crisis line and shelter for abused women and their dependent children, emergency transportation to shelter available

SAVIS (Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services):
* 24-hour crisis line, 905-875-1555
* 24-hour Human Trafficking Crisis Hotline, 289-837-3999
* free individual counselling for ages 14 and up
* support services for friends and family members
* advocacy, support and accompaniment to Nina's Place, the police station and court

Femaide (Francophone, formerly Oasis Centre des Femmes): 1-877-336-2433, TTY: 1-866-860-7082
* provincial crisis line and confidential services for Francophone women who are victims or survivors of any form of violence or are in distress
* crisis intervention, support and referral to community agencies

Inasmuch House, Hamilton: 905-529-8600, TTY: 905-529-8029
* emergency shelter for women and children in crisis, due to abuse and homelessness
* ages 16 and up

Interval House of Hamilton: 905-387-8881 (if long distance, call collect)
* a transition house and emergency shelter specifically for abused women and their children
* all services are confidential and include meals, emergency clothing, personal needs, counselling services
* free emergency transportation by taxi to Interval House
* ages 16 and up

Good Shepherd Centre, Martha House, Hamilton: 905-523-6277
* a secure, accessible, 40-bed emergency shelter
* for Women experiencing abuse and/or homelessness and their children
* ages 16 and up

Native Womens Centre, Hamilton: 1-888-308-6559
* provides safe, emergency shelter and support programs for all women regardless of age, ancestry, culture, place of origin or sexual orientation with or without children who are experiencing crisis in their lives due to family violence, homelessness, or conflict with the law

Children and Youth

Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting (see full record here) For children in need of care/protection, report to either:
* Halton Children's Aid Society (South Halton 905-333-4441, North Halton 905-876-1682) or
* Halton Regional Police non-emergency line 905-825-4747 ext 5155, North Halton 905-878-5511

HEALTH

Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000, TTY: 1-866-797-0007
* provides health advice and information from a registered nurse (service of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, no Ontario Health Insurance required)

EMERGENCY SHELTERS IN HALTON AND AREA

See full record here

General Topics and Information - 24 Hour Crisis and Distress Services - Phone, Text and Chat - Halton

This record shows 24/7 crisis and distress services (phone, text, chat) serving Halton Region
* listing is not a complete list of every possible resource available
* for additional community information 24/7, dial 2-1-1 from anywhere in Ontario (translation available)

IN AN EMERGENCY, CALL 9-1-1 for police, fire and ambulance


GENERAL DISTRESS

Distress Centre Halton:
* Oakville: 905-849-4541
* Burlington: 905-681-1488
* North Halton: 905-877-1211
* Text & Chat: 647-557-6250 (Not 24/7, check here for times)

ConnexOntario: 1-866-531-2600, Online Chat, Email
* access to Addiction, Mental Health, and Problem Gambling Services

ONTX Ontario Online & Text Crisis Service: Text 741741, Online Chat
* available 2 pm-2 am daily
* will need to complete a pre-chat survey, agree to terms and conditions of service

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 686868
* support and information in any type of crisis
* trained volunteers
* does not provide medical advice

Youth Space: Text 778-783-0177, Online Chat
* available 9 pm-3 am daily
* a community of professionally-trained volunteers who are here to support you, whatever you are going through
* ages 30 and under


MENTAL HEALTH

COAST (Crisis Outreach And Support Team): 1-877-825-9011, TTY 1-844-646-1700
* Halton telephone support and mobile intervention program for those who are in crisis and have a mental health concern
* ages 16 and up

Canada Suicide Prevention Service: 1-833-456-4566
* suicide prevention and support
* telephone counselling
* resources and support

Big White Wall: Online Chat
* mental health and wellbeing chat service
* safe and anonymous
* includes online peer community support
* a place for creative and artistic expression of emotions
* guided support courses and tools to help with self-management
* mental health self-assessments

Children and Youth

ROCK (Reach Out Centre for Kids) Crisis Line: 905-878-9785
* for children and youth in crisis, and caregivers/community members
* ages 16 and under

Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868, Text CONNECT to 686868, Online Chat
* bilingual help-line provides free counselling, information and referral on anonymous basis to children and youth
* ages 5-25

Good2Talk: 1-866-925-5454
* telephone counselling
* mental health and addiction information, professional counselling, and referral on a wide range of services on and off campus
* anonymous and confidential
* post-secondary school students

Indigenous

Hope for Wellness Helpline: 1-855-242-3310, online chat
* a mental health helpline, telephone or online chat, for Indigenous people
* provides immediate, culturally relevant crisis counselling support
* refers callers to additional supports if needed

TALK4HEALING (Women Only): Call or text: 1-855-554-HEAL, or start your live chat session here
* 24/7 help, support and resources for Indigenous women, by Indigenous women, all across Ontario
* services in 14 different Indigenous languages

Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419
* immediate and culturally appropriate counseling supports to former students that are experiencing distress

Veterans

Veterans Affairs Canada Crisis Line: 1-800-268-7708, TTY: 1-800-567-5803
* short-term problem solving with mental health professionals

Veterans Emergency Transition Services Canada: 1-888-228-3871
* Canadian Veterans who are in crisis, at risk of becoming homeless, or are homeless, and their family members

2SLGBTTQQI

Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line (Sunday-Friday 4 pm-9 pm)
Toll Free: 1-800-268-9688, TTY: 416-962-0777, Text 647-694-4275, E-mail: askus@youthline.ca, Online Chat
* peer support by telephone, email, text and online chat
* information and referral
* anonymous and confidential
* Youth Line Blog
* referral database of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans) youth services

Trans Lifeline: 1-877-330-6366, Mon-Sun 10 am-4 pm
* a hotline that is staffed by transgender people for transgender people, primarily those in crisis
* based out of the USA

First Responders

Boots on the Ground: 1-833-677-2668
* Peer Support for First Responders
* services offered to retired and serving Police Officers, Firefighters, EMS and Corrections Officers across the Province
* able to provide in person peer support 24/7 in the GTA


SEXUAL ASSAULT AND DOMESTIC / FAMILY VIOLENCE

Halton Womens Place Crisis Line:
* Burlington 905-332-7892
* Milton 905-878-8555
* 24-hour crisis line and shelter for abused women and their dependent children, emergency transportation to shelter available

SAVIS (Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services):
* 24-hour crisis line, 905-875-1555
* 24-hour Human Trafficking Crisis Hotline, 289-837-3999
* free individual counselling for ages 14 and up
* support services for friends and family members
* advocacy, support and accompaniment to Nina's Place, the police station and court

Femaide (Francophone, formerly Oasis Centre des Femmes): 1-877-336-2433, TTY: 1-866-860-7082
* provincial crisis line and confidential services for Francophone women who are victims or survivors of any form of violence or are in distress
* crisis intervention, support and referral to community agencies

Inasmuch House, Hamilton: 905-529-8600, TTY: 905-529-8029
* emergency shelter for women and children in crisis, due to abuse and homelessness
* ages 16 and up

Interval House of Hamilton: 905-387-8881 (if long distance, call collect)
* a transition house and emergency shelter specifically for abused women and their children
* all services are confidential and include meals, emergency clothing, personal needs, counselling services
* free emergency transportation by taxi to Interval House
* ages 16 and up

Good Shepherd Centre, Martha House, Hamilton: 905-523-6277
* a secure, accessible, 40-bed emergency shelter
* for Women experiencing abuse and/or homelessness and their children
* ages 16 and up

Native Womens Centre, Hamilton: 1-888-308-6559
* provides safe, emergency shelter and support programs for all women regardless of age, ancestry, culture, place of origin or sexual orientation with or without children who are experiencing crisis in their lives due to family violence, homelessness, or conflict with the law

Children and Youth

Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting (see full record here) For children in need of care/protection, report to either:
* Halton Children's Aid Society (South Halton 905-333-4441, North Halton 905-876-1682) or
* Halton Regional Police non-emergency line 905-825-4747 ext 5155, North Halton 905-878-5511

HEALTH

Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000, TTY: 1-866-797-0007
* provides health advice and information from a registered nurse (service of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, no Ontario Health Insurance required)

EMERGENCY SHELTERS IN HALTON AND AREA

See full record here

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Self Esteem Group for Men - King Campus

A peer-led eleven-week psycho-educational group to enhance self-esteem. Builds basic skills of communication, assertiveness, conflict resolution, and dealing with feelings. Runs twice a year.

General Topics and Information - 24 Hour Crisis and Distress Services - Phone, Text and Chat - Halton

This record shows 24/7 crisis and distress services (phone, text, chat) serving Halton Region
* listing is not a complete list of every possible resource available
* for additional community information 24/7, dial 2-1-1 from anywhere in Ontario (translation available)

IN AN EMERGENCY, CALL 9-1-1 for police, fire and ambulance


GENERAL DISTRESS

Distress Centre Halton:
* Oakville: 905-849-4541
* Burlington: 905-681-1488
* North Halton: 905-877-1211
* Text & Chat: 647-557-6250 (Not 24/7, check here for times)

ConnexOntario: 1-866-531-2600, Online Chat, Email
* access to Addiction, Mental Health, and Problem Gambling Services

ONTX Ontario Online & Text Crisis Service: Text 741741, Online Chat
* available 2 pm-2 am daily
* will need to complete a pre-chat survey, agree to terms and conditions of service

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 686868
* support and information in any type of crisis
* trained volunteers
* does not provide medical advice

Youth Space: Text 778-783-0177, Online Chat
* available 9 pm-3 am daily
* a community of professionally-trained volunteers who are here to support you, whatever you are going through
* ages 30 and under


MENTAL HEALTH

COAST (Crisis Outreach And Support Team): 1-877-825-9011, TTY 1-844-646-1700
* Halton telephone support and mobile intervention program for those who are in crisis and have a mental health concern
* ages 16 and up

Canada Suicide Prevention Service: 1-833-456-4566
* suicide prevention and support
* telephone counselling
* resources and support

Big White Wall: Online Chat
* mental health and wellbeing chat service
* safe and anonymous
* includes online peer community support
* a place for creative and artistic expression of emotions
* guided support courses and tools to help with self-management
* mental health self-assessments

Children and Youth

ROCK (Reach Out Centre for Kids) Crisis Line: 905-878-9785
* for children and youth in crisis, and caregivers/community members
* ages 16 and under

Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868, Text CONNECT to 686868, Online Chat
* bilingual help-line provides free counselling, information and referral on anonymous basis to children and youth
* ages 5-25

Good2Talk: 1-866-925-5454
* telephone counselling
* mental health and addiction information, professional counselling, and referral on a wide range of services on and off campus
* anonymous and confidential
* post-secondary school students

Indigenous

Hope for Wellness Helpline: 1-855-242-3310, online chat
* a mental health helpline, telephone or online chat, for Indigenous people
* provides immediate, culturally relevant crisis counselling support
* refers callers to additional supports if needed

TALK4HEALING (Women Only): Call or text: 1-855-554-HEAL, or start your live chat session here
* 24/7 help, support and resources for Indigenous women, by Indigenous women, all across Ontario
* services in 14 different Indigenous languages

Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419
* immediate and culturally appropriate counseling supports to former students that are experiencing distress

Veterans

Veterans Affairs Canada Crisis Line: 1-800-268-7708, TTY: 1-800-567-5803
* short-term problem solving with mental health professionals

Veterans Emergency Transition Services Canada: 1-888-228-3871
* Canadian Veterans who are in crisis, at risk of becoming homeless, or are homeless, and their family members

2SLGBTTQQI

Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line (Sunday-Friday 4 pm-9 pm)
Toll Free: 1-800-268-9688, TTY: 416-962-0777, Text 647-694-4275, E-mail: askus@youthline.ca, Online Chat
* peer support by telephone, email, text and online chat
* information and referral
* anonymous and confidential
* Youth Line Blog
* referral database of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans) youth services

Trans Lifeline: 1-877-330-6366, Mon-Sun 10 am-4 pm
* a hotline that is staffed by transgender people for transgender people, primarily those in crisis
* based out of the USA

First Responders

Boots on the Ground: 1-833-677-2668
* Peer Support for First Responders
* services offered to retired and serving Police Officers, Firefighters, EMS and Corrections Officers across the Province
* able to provide in person peer support 24/7 in the GTA


SEXUAL ASSAULT AND DOMESTIC / FAMILY VIOLENCE

Halton Womens Place Crisis Line:
* Burlington 905-332-7892
* Milton 905-878-8555
* 24-hour crisis line and shelter for abused women and their dependent children, emergency transportation to shelter available

SAVIS (Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services):
* 24-hour crisis line, 905-875-1555
* 24-hour Human Trafficking Crisis Hotline, 289-837-3999
* free individual counselling for ages 14 and up
* support services for friends and family members
* advocacy, support and accompaniment to Nina's Place, the police station and court

Femaide (Francophone, formerly Oasis Centre des Femmes): 1-877-336-2433, TTY: 1-866-860-7082
* provincial crisis line and confidential services for Francophone women who are victims or survivors of any form of violence or are in distress
* crisis intervention, support and referral to community agencies

Inasmuch House, Hamilton: 905-529-8600, TTY: 905-529-8029
* emergency shelter for women and children in crisis, due to abuse and homelessness
* ages 16 and up

Interval House of Hamilton: 905-387-8881 (if long distance, call collect)
* a transition house and emergency shelter specifically for abused women and their children
* all services are confidential and include meals, emergency clothing, personal needs, counselling services
* free emergency transportation by taxi to Interval House
* ages 16 and up

Good Shepherd Centre, Martha House, Hamilton: 905-523-6277
* a secure, accessible, 40-bed emergency shelter
* for Women experiencing abuse and/or homelessness and their children
* ages 16 and up

Native Womens Centre, Hamilton: 1-888-308-6559
* provides safe, emergency shelter and support programs for all women regardless of age, ancestry, culture, place of origin or sexual orientation with or without children who are experiencing crisis in their lives due to family violence, homelessness, or conflict with the law

Children and Youth

Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting (see full record here) For children in need of care/protection, report to either:
* Halton Children's Aid Society (South Halton 905-333-4441, North Halton 905-876-1682) or
* Halton Regional Police non-emergency line 905-825-4747 ext 5155, North Halton 905-878-5511

HEALTH

Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000, TTY: 1-866-797-0007
* provides health advice and information from a registered nurse (service of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, no Ontario Health Insurance required)

EMERGENCY SHELTERS IN HALTON AND AREA

See full record here

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Self Esteem Group for Women - King Campus

A group for women who are experiencing low self-esteem. Assists participants to feel more in control of their lives. Program is offered three times each year in a 12 week series, each evening session is two hours in length.
Peer-led groups have discussions and undertake activities related to aspects of self esteem including:
* Effective communication
* Assertiveness
* Resolving anger
* Self-care
* Body image
* Making connections

Elizabeth Fry Society - Sex Trade Alternatives and Resource Services (STARS) - Southern Ontario Region

A drop-in centre for women who have been or are presently involved in sex work. Offers diversion, case management, addiction support, public education, and outreach. Operates with a harm reduction model.