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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Suicide and Self-Harm in Prisons and Jails

Using the most recent prison and jail suicide data the second edition of Suicide and Self-Harm in Prisons and Jails explores how the stress associated with arrest, sentencing, and incarceration can contribute to the onset of a suicidal crisis even among those who never before experienced suicidal ideation or self-harmed.

Working With Self Harm and Suicidal Behaviour

Suicide and self-harm are world-wide public health issues that can have devastating effects on families, friends and communities. They are both a priority for anyone working in mental health, social work, emergency departments and related fields, however suicidal and self-harming behaviour can take place anywhere anytime- it may be a pupil in a school, an inmate in a prison or a colleague or family member. For this reason, this book has been written in a clear, accessible and practical style for anyone who wants to learn more about working with and preventing suicidal and self-harming behaviour. • It identifies common risk and protective factors as well as specific warning signs of imminent suicidal behaviour. • It provides essential communication skills for undertaking a risk assessment, illustrating how each skill can be used in real-life practice. • It looks specifically at the issue of self-harm and suicide in prisons, schools and emergency departments. • It lays out clear strategies for identifying and addressing issues of self-care when working with people who are suicidal or who self-harm. • It identifies how we can assist those who are bereaved following the death of a loved one by suicide. Packed with learning outcomes, case scenarios and reflective questions, this book acts as a toolkit for anyone working in this difficult field.

Screaming in Silence

Suicide, Attempted Suicide and Self-Harm Recovery

Description A serious pro-survival, pro-recovery book, written because I have been the survivor of many suicide attempts, not to forget also the person left behind after actual suicides, and the victim of serious self-harm in myself and those I love. I haven't attempted suicide or self-harmed for 8 years and I don't plan to do so again, but I always have my plan to hand. Starting at the age of 11, I have attempted suicide 443 times (sometimes barely surviving, twice dying, only to be revived) and for fifteen years I was a person who self-harmed - cutting and bloodletting, sometimes as self-harm, sometimes as a suicide attempt. The two are definitely linked but not all self-harm is suicidal, not all suicide attempts are meant to kill, and sadly about one million people kill themselves every year, not all of them meaning to. As I have also been the victim left behind when someone I loved took their own life, I really can see the issue from all perspectives. Allow me to fill you in on my personal experience first of all, so you know you are 'talking' to someone who really has been there before herself. Pull up a chair, or sit back in bed, and we will talk. About the Author Katy Sara Culling was born in Liverpool, North England, in January 1975, sharing her birth date rather aptly with Virginia Woolf. Daughter of Sue and Paul Culling, her family moved back to its roots in Derbyshire, where she grew up along with her younger sister Beth, in the village of Castle Donington, on the Derbyshire-Leicestershire border. However, even as young as 5 she exhibited symptoms of bipolar disorder (manic depression) - leading her to be loud and talkative, often in trouble. She also worried a great deal about death to an extent that is very unusual in one as young as she was. Not just her own death either. She attended a private school for girls, Loughborough High School, where she was an extremely high achieving student. Unfortunately, due to bullying and also to numb her rampant mania and depression, she developed anorexia nervosa and began to self-harm. She found that the anorexia and self-harming took over her life and made coping with mood swings easier because she did not feel their full effect anymore. Katy Sara then went to The University of Nottingham, where she studied Biochemistry and Nutrition. She did her (1st class) thesis on alcohol and metabolism, interested in the psychology of alcoholism. All this was done despite considerable illness including over 60 suicide attempts and purging-type anorexia - and yet more bullying. She was bullied for being anorexic by her fellow floor-mates. However her good academic work at Nottingham lead to an offer of a place at The University of Oxford, where she studied for a PhD (DPhil) in Clinical Medicine. Here she was a full time member of Linacre College Oxford and was never bullied. Linacre is a graduate only college. She took part in many cycling events for charity. In her final year she became so ill with anorexia and bipolar depression that she agreed to take time off her PhD (the worst decision of her life) and go into hospital (first as a day patient, then an inpatient on the general ward, and eventually a sectioned inpatient on the general ward). During those two years she attempted suicide over 300 times, dying twice, only to be revived. She also made several trips to the Emergency Room to be treated for either suicide attempts or self-harm. She finally, at the age of 28 got a diagnosis of bipolar I disorder and the correct medication, and had been mostly fine ever since. Her eating disorder spontaneously recovered when her bipolar disorder became more controlled. She later wrote up her PhD thesis and published her results. Katy Sara now works for the Bipolar Foundation - Equilibrium, an independent, international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to improving treatment and understanding of the causes and effects of bipolar disorder ('manic-depression'). Katy Sara

Everything You Need to Know About Suicide and Self-Harm

This accessible primer on adolescent mental health is as relevant as it is thoughtful. In five easy-to-follow chapters, readers will learn to recognize self-harming tendencies, understand the connections between suicide and self-harm, and learn strategies for coping with depression. Sidebars explore the influence of technology and social media on mental health and shed light on communities that are particularly at risk for suicide and self-harm, such as LGBTQ+ teens. Packed with resources, this guide provides self-care tips as well as advice on how to help a loved one who suffers from depression.

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.

Suicide and Self-Harm

Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton

Provides education, information, referrals and workshops to support the work of suicide prevention in our community.

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

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:
  • 12-week Closed Support Groups
  • monthly drop-in support group sessions
- One-on-One Grief Support with trained Peer Supporters or staff

- 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

Team Unbreakable

Uses running to engage youth, educating them about better mental health and providing them with the skills and tools to better cope with stress. Aims to reduce the stigma of youth mental illness, build awareness of the issues, and to promote the positive aspects of physical health on mental health. Also, raises awareness and helps bring people closer to the issues through speaking engagements, workshops, special events and media. Works with students and parents, social workers, school boards, hospitals, universities and many other health and community partners across Ontario.

Originated from CameronHelps, which helps to raise awareness of youth suicide.

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

This listing shows 24 hour 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 website 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
* 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
* text 45645- available daily from 4 pm-12 midnight

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 17 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 people
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 on website
* 24/7 help, support and resources for Indigenous women, by Indigenous women, all across Ontario
* services in 14 Indigenous languages

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

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

VETS (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

LGBTTQQ2SI
Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line
* Sunday-Friday 4 pm-9:30 pm
* Toll free 1-800-268-9688
* TTY 416-962-0777
* text 647-694-4275
* email: 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:
* Toll free 1-877-330-6366, daily 10 am-4 am
* 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:
* Toll free 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
* free individual counselling for ages 14 and up
* support services for friends and family members
* 24 hour anti-human trafficking crisis support line 289-837-3999 * advocacy, support and accompaniment to Nina's Place, the police station and court

Femaide (formerly Oasis Centre des Femmes):
* Toll free 1-877-336-2433 (1-877-FEMAIDE)
* 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

Assaulted Women's Helpline:
* 24 hour crisis line 416-863-0511 * Toll free 1-866-863-0511
* TTY 416-364-8762 * Toll free 1-866-863-7868
* telephone crisis counselling, emotional support, information and referrals to emergency shelters, legal information and community services
* ages 16 and up

Inasmuch House, Hamilton:
* 905-529-8600 * toll free 1-833-654-4217
* TTY 905-529-8029
* emergency shelter for women and their children in crisis, due to domestic abuse, violence and/or 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:
* 24 hour crisis line 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:
* Toll free 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 listing here)
For children in need of care/protection report to either:
Halton Children's Aid Society toll free 1-866-607-5437
OR
Halton Regional Police non-emergency line 905-825-4747 ext 5155, North Halton 905-878-5511

Health
Telehealth Ontario:
* Toll free 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 surrounding area

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

This listing shows 24 hour 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 website 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
* 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
* text 45645- available daily from 4 pm-12 midnight

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 17 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 people
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 on website
* 24/7 help, support and resources for Indigenous women, by Indigenous women, all across Ontario
* services in 14 Indigenous languages

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

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

VETS (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

LGBTTQQ2SI
Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line
* Sunday-Friday 4 pm-9:30 pm
* Toll free 1-800-268-9688
* TTY 416-962-0777
* text 647-694-4275
* email: 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:
* Toll free 1-877-330-6366, daily 10 am-4 am
* 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:
* Toll free 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
* free individual counselling for ages 14 and up
* support services for friends and family members
* 24 hour anti-human trafficking crisis support line 289-837-3999 * advocacy, support and accompaniment to Nina's Place, the police station and court

Femaide (formerly Oasis Centre des Femmes):
* Toll free 1-877-336-2433 (1-877-FEMAIDE)
* 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

Assaulted Women's Helpline:
* 24 hour crisis line 416-863-0511 * Toll free 1-866-863-0511
* TTY 416-364-8762 * Toll free 1-866-863-7868
* telephone crisis counselling, emotional support, information and referrals to emergency shelters, legal information and community services
* ages 16 and up

Inasmuch House, Hamilton:
* 905-529-8600 * toll free 1-833-654-4217
* TTY 905-529-8029
* emergency shelter for women and their children in crisis, due to domestic abuse, violence and/or 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:
* 24 hour crisis line 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:
* Toll free 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 listing here)
For children in need of care/protection report to either:
Halton Children's Aid Society toll free 1-866-607-5437
OR
Halton Regional Police non-emergency line 905-825-4747 ext 5155, North Halton 905-878-5511

Health
Telehealth Ontario:
* Toll free 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 surrounding area

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

This listing shows 24 hour 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 website 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
* 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
* text 45645- available daily from 4 pm-12 midnight

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 17 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 people
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 on website
* 24/7 help, support and resources for Indigenous women, by Indigenous women, all across Ontario
* services in 14 Indigenous languages

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

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

VETS (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

LGBTTQQ2SI
Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line
* Sunday-Friday 4 pm-9:30 pm
* Toll free 1-800-268-9688
* TTY 416-962-0777
* text 647-694-4275
* email: 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:
* Toll free 1-877-330-6366, daily 10 am-4 am
* 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:
* Toll free 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
* free individual counselling for ages 14 and up
* support services for friends and family members
* 24 hour anti-human trafficking crisis support line 289-837-3999 * advocacy, support and accompaniment to Nina's Place, the police station and court

Femaide (formerly Oasis Centre des Femmes):
* Toll free 1-877-336-2433 (1-877-FEMAIDE)
* 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

Assaulted Women's Helpline:
* 24 hour crisis line 416-863-0511 * Toll free 1-866-863-0511
* TTY 416-364-8762 * Toll free 1-866-863-7868
* telephone crisis counselling, emotional support, information and referrals to emergency shelters, legal information and community services
* ages 16 and up

Inasmuch House, Hamilton:
* 905-529-8600 * toll free 1-833-654-4217
* TTY 905-529-8029
* emergency shelter for women and their children in crisis, due to domestic abuse, violence and/or 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:
* 24 hour crisis line 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:
* Toll free 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 listing here)
For children in need of care/protection report to either:
Halton Children's Aid Society toll free 1-866-607-5437
OR
Halton Regional Police non-emergency line 905-825-4747 ext 5155, North Halton 905-878-5511

Health
Telehealth Ontario:
* Toll free 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 surrounding area

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

This listing shows 24 hour 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 website 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
* 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
* text 45645- available daily from 4 pm-12 midnight

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 17 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 people
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 on website
* 24/7 help, support and resources for Indigenous women, by Indigenous women, all across Ontario
* services in 14 Indigenous languages

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

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

VETS (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

LGBTTQQ2SI
Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line
* Sunday-Friday 4 pm-9:30 pm
* Toll free 1-800-268-9688
* TTY 416-962-0777
* text 647-694-4275
* email: 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:
* Toll free 1-877-330-6366, daily 10 am-4 am
* 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:
* Toll free 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
* free individual counselling for ages 14 and up
* support services for friends and family members
* 24 hour anti-human trafficking crisis support line 289-837-3999 * advocacy, support and accompaniment to Nina's Place, the police station and court

Femaide (formerly Oasis Centre des Femmes):
* Toll free 1-877-336-2433 (1-877-FEMAIDE)
* 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

Assaulted Women's Helpline:
* 24 hour crisis line 416-863-0511 * Toll free 1-866-863-0511
* TTY 416-364-8762 * Toll free 1-866-863-7868
* telephone crisis counselling, emotional support, information and referrals to emergency shelters, legal information and community services
* ages 16 and up

Inasmuch House, Hamilton:
* 905-529-8600 * toll free 1-833-654-4217
* TTY 905-529-8029
* emergency shelter for women and their children in crisis, due to domestic abuse, violence and/or 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:
* 24 hour crisis line 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:
* Toll free 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 listing here)
For children in need of care/protection report to either:
Halton Children's Aid Society toll free 1-866-607-5437
OR
Halton Regional Police non-emergency line 905-825-4747 ext 5155, North Halton 905-878-5511

Health
Telehealth Ontario:
* Toll free 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 surrounding area

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

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.