The Canada Suicide Prevention Service was built as an equitable, accessible service, there to support anyone in need living anywhere in Canada. The CSPS helpline will always be guided by principles of inclusion, stakeholder engagement and accessibility.
We are experiencing an international civil rights movement of unprecedented size, in the midst of the uncertainty and challenges of a pandemic. You and your loved ones may be feeling especially isolated, overwhelmed or helpless in the face of these difficult, complex issues.
This page is designed to be a helpful starting point, whether you are a member of a marginalized community looking for resources to support your well-being and mental health, or are interested in becoming or being a better Ally.
The CSPS helpline is always here to support anyone with concerns related to suicide. Our compassionate, highly-trained responders are available 24/7/365 to help you feel safer and explore ways to cope with suicidal ideation.
Toll-free phone support is available in French and English at 1-833-456-4566.
Text message support is available in English from 4PM to 12AM Eastern at 45645, standard messaging rates according to your phone carrier contract may apply.
- Black Lives Matter Resource Archive: includes toolkits on healing action, conflict resolution and more
- Information on the mental health impacts of being a member of a marginalized community
- Physiological & Psychological Impact of Racism and Discrimination for African-Americans (Publication)
- Ethnic Differences in Mental Health Status and Service Utilization (study)
- Pathways to Suicidality Across Ethnic Groups in Canadian Adults: The Possible Role of Social Stress (study)
- Violence, Racism and Mental Health – Where Do We Go From Here? (article)
For Members of Marginalized Communities
- POC Online Classroom: Resources on self-care, mental health care and healing for People of Colour
- Liberate: Meditation app designed to address the specific needs and experiences of the Black, Indigenous and People of Colour Community (BIPOC)
- The Safe Place App: A Minority Mental Health App geared towards the Black Community, includes tips on self-care, statistics and other resources
- We R Native: Online community and resource database for Native youth, by Native youth
- Family-Care, Community-Care and Self-Care Tool Kit: Healing in the Face of Cultural Trauma
- Decolonizing Therapy: Resource database of self-care and mental healthcare for BIPOC
- No Stigmas: Free, virtual workshops on how to care for yourself and advocate for your own mental health, as well as for your community
- Self-Care Tips for Black People (Article)
- Supporting the well-being of LGBTQ+ Black youth; tips for how to protect and nurture your mental health and well-being
For Allies of Marginalized Communities
- Racial Equity Tools Glossary
- Guide to Allyship: an excellent resource on what Allyship means and how to be a strong Ally
- Justice in June: A resource for the purpose of providing a starting place for individuals trying to become better Allies
- Showing Up for Racial Justice: political education, toolkits and other resources
- EmbraceRace: web-resources for guidance for parents and guardians, to nurture resilience in children of colour and raise children who think critically about racial inequality
- Dismantling Racism Works: web-based workbook