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Crisis Services Canada

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Thinking about suicide?

Asking for help can be hard. That’s why we offer a safe place to talk - any time, in your own way. If you are having thoughts of suicide, you don’t have to face them alone. We are available if you need a safe and judgement free place to talk. Our responders are here to listen to you, support you, and keep you safe.

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Know someone thinking about suicide?

We can help you recognize the signs and provide support. Research shows that talking about suicide does not increase the likelihood that someone will kill themselves. In fact, connecting with someone who cares can make all the difference. Call us toll-free or text us. We can help you in your own efforts to provide support, and assist you in connecting with professionals when needed.

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Struggling with a loss from suicide?

Losing someone to suicide can be shocking and incredibly painful. The grief can be intense, complex, and long term. Working through grief is an extremely individual and unique process. Each person will experience it in their own way and at their own pace. If you have been bereaved by the suicide of a friend or loved one, we can help connect you with resources that will support you in making sense of what has happened, dealing with the grief and learning how to live with your loss.

Local Resources & Support

We want to ensure that no matter where you live in Canada, support is never far away. Browse our database to find additional support resources in your region.

About Crisis Services Canada

Crisis Services Canada (CSC) is a national network of existing distress, crisis and suicide prevention line services. We are committed to supporting any person living in Canada who is affected by suicide, in the most caring and least intrusive manner possible.

Why Volunteer?

Whatever your interests or experience, your local crisis centre will train, mentor and support you to becoming a skilled crisis responder. Some reasons people volunteer:

  • An opportunity to provide support to people in need in my community
  • The chance to be the difference for someone thinking of suicide
  • A chance to learn valuable communication and life skills
  • A personal growth opportunity
  • To gain experience towards a career in counseling and mental health
  • To join a caring and compassionate community

Please note that Crisis Services Canada is currently not directly accepting any volunteer applications.

Other Chat and Text Services Available

British Columbia

Coastal Region

Vancouver Crisis Centre
Crisis Chat (12 PM to 1 AM PT): crisiscentrechat.ca

Northern BC

Northern BC Crisis Centre
Crisis Chat (4 PM - 10 PM PT): www.northernyouthonline.ca
Youth Support: (250) 564-8336

Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island Crisis Line & Chat
Crisis Chat (6 PM - 10 PM PT): www.vicrisis.ca
Crisis Text: (250) 800-3806

Alberta

Calgary & Area

Distress Centre Calgary
Crisis Chat Support (Starting at 3 PM MST): www.distresscentre.com
Crisis Text & Chat Support (Starting at 3 PM MST): www.calgaryconnecteen.com

Wood's Homes
Crisis Text & Chat Support (9 AM - 10 PM MST): www.woodshomes.ca

Manitoba

All of Manitoba

MB Farm, Rural & Northern Support Services (M-F 10 am - 9 pm CT):
Online crisis chat: supportline.ca
Phone: 1-866-367-3276

Ontario

All of Ontario

ONTX Ontario Online & Text Crisis Service
Crisis Chat (2 pm - 2 am ET): www.dcontario.org/ontx.html
Crisis Text (2 pm - 2 am ET): 741-741

Canada

All of Canada

Kids Help Phone
Chat Services: kidshelpphone.ca
Text Services: Text "CONNECT" to 686868 (also serving adults)

Youthspace.ca (NEED2 Suicide Prevention, Education & Support)
Youth Chat (6 pm - 12 am PT): www.youthspace.ca
Youth Text (6 pm - 12 am PT): (778) 783-0177

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1

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