In this section, you will find resources for getting help when you need it most. For tips on preventing and preparing for mental health emergencies, please see our page on Coping with Mental Health Crises and Emergencies.
Are you in crisis or an emergency?
If you are in an emergency, or feel that you or someone else is at risk of harm, please contact someone immediately:
- Call 911 for help right away. Speak to your doctor, or go to your nearest hospital emergency room, walk-in clinic or community health centre. If your community has a mental health car, you can call 911 to request it.
- Call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433). If you are thinking about ending your life or are concerned about someone who may be, you can call for help any time of day or night, from anywhere across BC. It’s a free call.
If you’re having thoughts of suicide, or are worried about someone else, Talk Suicide is here to listen. Connect to a crisis responder to get help without judgement. Call 1.833.456.4566 toll-free, any time – or text 45645 between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. PT.
Need someone to talk to right away?
If you are worried, confused or just need someone to talk to, there is help available:
- Kid’s Help Phone: Call 1-800-668-6868. For kids and teens (ages 20 and under), professional counsellors are available to help, 24 hours a day. It’s free, confidential and anonymous.
- Mental Health Support Line: Call 310-6789 (do not add 604, 778 or 250 before the number). This number will connect you to your local BC crisis line without a wait or busy signal, 24 hours a day. Crisis line workers are trained to help provide emotional support as well as mental health information and resources.
Looking for community support services?
We’re here to help in communities across BC. For mental health information and to connect with supports and resources in your community, contact your local Canadian Mental Health Association.