*This page is under constant construction! If any of these numbers or links don’t work, please let me know.*

If you are in crisis or need someone to talk to, here are some numbers you can call for support. Scroll down to find links to sites if that feels safer than calling someone.  If you feel like hurting yourself, please go to your local emergency department. You deserve help.

Remember, you are worth it!

Some of my favourite sites:

mindyourmind – a great mental health resource, especially their help pages

HealthyPlace (America’s Mental Health Channel) – This site is overflowing with good information. I co-author their Coping With Depression Blog.

The Samaritans  – (24 hour worldwide help)

Canadian Mental Health Association
– The Canadian Mental Health Association focuses on combating mental health problems and emotional disorders. Their tools include research and information services, sponsored research projects, workshops, seminars, pamphlets, newsletters and resource centres.

Kids Help Phone – a free, anonymous, and confidential phone and on-line counseling service for youth

Rethink Mental Illness – based in London, England, this is a great site with many avenues for getting help.

International Suicide Prevention – a directory of suicide prevention hotlines and “textlines” worldwide

Eating Disorder Hope – Eating Disorder Hope’s mission is to offer hope, information and resources to individual eating disorder sufferers, their family members and treatment providers.

Suicide? Read This First – take five minutes and read it. ♥

Resources by Country – Find your country’s mental health helplines on one easy page.


  • Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (2433) – Can use in US, U.K., Canada and Singapore
  • Suicide Crisis Line: 1-800-999-9999
  • National Suicide Prevention Helpline: 1-800-273-TALK (8245)
  • National Adolescent Suicide Helpline: 1-800-621-4000
  • Postpartum Depression: 1-800-PPD-MOMS
  • NDMDA Depression Hotline – Support Group: 1-800-826-3632
  • Veterans: 1-877-VET2VET
  • Crisis Help Line – For Any Kind of Crisis: 1-800-233-4357
  • Suicide & Depression Crisis Line – Covenant House: 1-800-999-9999
  • Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide: (UK only) 0844-561-6855
  • Beyondblue info line: (Australia only) 1300-22-4636
  • 24/7 Crisis Line:(Canada only) 905-522-1477
  • Lifeline Australia: 13-11-14

Youth & Teen Hotlines:

  • National Youth Crisis Support: 1-800-448-4663
  • Youth America Hotline: 1-877-YOUTHLINE (1-877-968-8454)
  • Covenant House Nine-Line (Teens): 1-800-999-9999
  • Boys Town National: 1-800-448-3000
  • Teen Helpline: 1-800-400-0900
  • TeenLine: 1-800-522-8336
  • Youth Crisis Support: 1-800-448-4663 or 1-800-422-0009
  • Runaway Support (All Calls are Confidential): 800-231-694
  • National Runaway Hotline: (US only) 1800-231-6946
  • Child Helpline: (UK Only) 0800-111
  • Kids Helpline: (Australia) 1800-55-1800
  • Youth to Youth: (UK only) 020-8896-3675
  • Kids Help Phone Canada: 1800-688-6868
  • National Youth Crisis Hotline:(US only) 800-442-442-4673

Domestic Abuse-Specific:

  • National Child Abuse Helpline: 1-800-422-4453
  • National Domestic Violence Crisis Line: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline (TDD): 1-800-787-32324
  • Center for the Prevention of School Violence: 1-800-299-6504
  • Child Abuse Helpline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
  • Domestic Violence Helpline: 1-800-548-2722
  • Healing Woman Foundation (Abuse): 1-800-477-4111
  • Child Abuse Hotline Support & Information: 1-800-792-5200
  • Women’s Aid National Domestic Violence Helpline: (UK Only) 0345 023 468
  • Sexual Abuse Centre: (UK Only) 0117 935 1707
  • Sexual Assault Support (24/7, English & Spanish): 1-800-223-5001
  • Domestic & Teen Dating Violence (English & Spanish: 1-800-992-2600
  • Relationships Australia: 1300-364-277

Alcohol & Drug Abuse-Specific:

  • National Association for Children of Alcoholics: 1-888-55-4COAS (1-888-554-2627)
  • National Drug Abuse: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
  • Al-Anon/Alateen Hope & Help for young people who are the relatives & friends of a problem drinker): 1-800-344-2666
  • Alcohol/Drug Abuse Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
  • Be Sober Hotline: 1-800-BE-SOBER (1-800-237-6237)
  • Cocaine Help Line: 1-800-COCAINE (1-800-262-2463)
  • 24 Hour Cocaine Support Line: 1-800-992-9239
  • Ecstasy Addiction: 1-800-468-6933
  • Marijuana Anonymous: 1-800-766-6779

Pregnancy Hotlines:

  • AAA Crisis Pregnancy Center: 1-800-560-0717
  • Pregnancy Support: 1-800-4-OPTIONS (1-800-467-8466)
  • Pregnancy National Helpline: 1-800-356-5761
  • Young Pregnant Support: 1-800 550-4900

LGBTQ Support:

  • The Trevor Helpline (For homosexuality questions or problems): 1-800-850-8078
  • Gay & Lesbian National Support: 1-888-THE-GLNH (1-888-843-4564)
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Youth Support Line: 1-800-850-8078
  • Lesbian & Gay Switchboard: (UK Only) 0121 622 6589
  • Lothian Gay & Lesbian Switchboard – Scotland: (Scotland Only) 0131 556 4049

Other Hotlines:

  • Self-Injury Support: 1-800-DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288) (www.selfinjury.com)
  • Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention: 1-800-931-2237 (Hours: 8am-noon daily, PST)
  • Eating Disorders Center: 1-888-236-1188
  • Help Finding a Therapist: 1-800-THERAPIST (1-800-843-7274)
  • Panic Disorder Information and Support: 1-800-64-PANIC (1-800-647-2642)
  • TalkZone (Peer Counselors): 1-800-475-TALK (1-800-475-2855)
  • Parental Stress Hotline: 1-800-632-8188
  • Parent Help Line (Australia only): 1300-364-100
  • National AIDS Helpline: (UK Only) 0800 567 123
  • Mensline Australia: 1300-789-978


WEBSITES (most of these are Canadian organizations that I’m familiar with)

1 in 6 (sexual abuse):  https://1in6.org

211 Ontario (getting help): http://www.211ontario.ca

519 Church Street Community Centre (LGBTQ): http://www.the519.org

A Thin Line (bullying, online safety)http://www.athinline.org

Addictions Services Thames Valley (London, Ontario area addiction/substance use): http://adstv.on.ca

Alberta Health Services (addiction/substance use): http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/addiction.asp

Alter Heroes (LGBTQ):  http://www.alterheros.com

American Association of Suicidology (getting help, suicide): http://www.suicidology.org

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (getting help, suicide): http://www.afsp.org

Anxiety B.C. (anxiety in British Columbia): http://www.anxietybc.com

Anxiety Disorders Association of Canadahttp://www.anxietycanada.ca

Anxiety Disorders Association of Ontario (anxiety): http://www.anxietydisordersontario.ca

Betrayed Boys (sexual abuse): http://www.betrayedboys.com

Blue Waves (general mental health): http://www.ok2bblue.com

Blueprint for Life (First Nations): http://www.blueprintforlife.ca

Bullying Canadahttp://bullyingcanada.ca

Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchangehttp://www.catie.ca

Canadian Mental Health Association (I already linked this above but it’s a big one here in Canada so here it is again. General getting help stuff!): http://www.cmha.ca

Central Toronto Youth Services (general, youth): http://www.ctys.org

Center for Addiction and Mental Health (general, addiction/substance use): http://www.camh.ca

Center for Suicide Prevention:  http://suicideinfo.ca

Centre for Youth Crime Preventionhttp://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cycp-cpcj

Charity Village (volunteer): http://charityvillage.com

Check Up From the Neck Up:  http://www.mooddisorders.ca/quiz2/checkup.php

Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts (research): http://cyccnetwork.org

Collateral Damage – Those Left Behind by Suicide (suicide): http://leftbehindbysuicide.org

Connex Mental Health Helplines (getting help, addiction/substance use): http://www.connexontario.ca

Cross Currents (research): http://www.camhcrosscurrents.net

Defeat Depression (depression): http://www.defeatdepression.ca

Depression Hurts (depression): http://depressionhurts.ca

Depression Screening Test on Psych Central (depression): http://psychcentral.com/depquiz.htm

Distress Centre Ontario (getting help): http://www.dcontario.org/help.html

Durham Mental Health Services (getting help in Durham): http://www.dmhs.ca

e-Mental Health (getting help, suicide): http://www.ementalhealth.ca

Eat Right Ontario (eating disorder): http://www.eatrightontario.ca

Embrace Life Council (first nations, suicide): http://inuusiq.com

Facing Us (depression): https://www.facingus.org

Family Service Canada (getting help): http://www.familyservicecanada.org

Find a Social Worker (getting help):  http://www.findasocialworker.ca

Find a Therapist (getting help via Psychology Today): http://therapists.psychologytoday.com

Get Help Early (psychosis help): http://www.gethelpearly.ca

Good 2 Talk (getting help): http://www.good2talk.ca

Grit Uplifted (homelessness): http://grituplifted.com

Guide to College Student Mental Health (general/all mental health help) http://www.learnpsychology.org/college-students-and-mental-health

Half of Us (mental health stigma, awareness): http://www.halfofus.com

Health Canada (all health): http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca

Here to Help (British Columbia general): http://www.heretohelp.bc.ca

If You Are Thinking About Suicide (suicide): http://www.metanoia.org/suicide

Informed Choices About Depression (depression): http://depression.informedchoices.ca/

International Association for Suicide Prevention (getting help, suicide): http://www.iasp.info

Kids Help Phone (already listed above but it’s a biggie!): http://kidshelpphone.ca

Kristin Brooks Hope Centre (suicide prevention, awareness, chat): http://www.hopeline.com

Laing House (getting help): http://www.lainghouse.org

LBGTQ Parenting Connection (LGBTQ): http://www.lgbtqparentingconnection.ca

LGBT Youth Line (LGBTQ): http://www.youthline.ca

Live Above the Influence (addiction/substance use): http://abovetheinfluence.com

London Distress Centre (getting help London, Ontario): http://www.londondistresscentre.com

Love is Respect (relationships): http://www.loveisrespect.org

Lynx: Early Psychosis Intervention (psychosis help): http://www.lynxtracks.ca

Mad Students Society (youth mental health): http://www.madprideto.com

Media Smarts (online safety):  http://mediasmarts.ca

Mental Health 4 Kids (getting help):  http://www.mentalhealth4kids.com

METRAC (abuse): http://www.metrac.org

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario (depression, bipolar disorder): http://www.mooddisorders.ca

Mood Disorders Society of Canada (depression, bipolar disorder): http://www.mooddisorderscanada.ca

My New Head (depression): http://mynewhead.com

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (eating disorder):  http://nedawareness.org

National Aboriginal Health Organization (first nations): http://www.naho.ca

National Initiative for Eating Disorders (eating disorder): http://nied.ca

National Network for Mental Health (general in Canada): http://nnmh.ca

Need Help Now. You(th) are not alone. (sexual health, online safety, cyberbullying):  https://needhelpnow.ca/app/en/

ok2beme (LGBTQ): http://ok2bme.ca

Online Therapy USER (getting help): https://www.onlinetherapyuser.ca

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health (general): http://www.excellenceforchildandyouth.ca

Panic End (help with panic attacks)http://www.panicend.com

Peer Support Groups in Ontario (getting help): http://www.mooddisorders.ca/peer-support-groups-across-ontario

PFLAG Canada (LGBTQ): http://www.pflagcanada.ca

Pillar Non-Profit Network (awesome volunteer stuff!): http://www.pillarnonprofit.ca/volunteer

Post Partum Depression Moms (post-partum depression): http://www.1800ppdmoms.org

Psychosis 101 (psychosis help): http://www.psychosis101.ca

Psychosis Sucks! (psychosis help): http://www.psychosissucks.ca

Quizzes from Psychcentral (general): http://psychcentral.com/quizzes

Rainbow Health Ontario (LGBTQ Ontario):  http://www.rainbowhealthontario.ca

Reach Out Psychosis (psychosis help): http://www.reachoutpsychosis.com

Reach Out! (general, youth): http://au.reachout.com

Scar Tissue (self-harm): http://www.scar-tissue.net/distraction.html#151things

Schizophrenia Society of Canada (psychosis help): http://www.schizophrenia.ca

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (psychosis): http://www.schizophrenia.on.ca

Self Abuse Finally Ends (self-harm): http://www.selfinjury.com

Sexuality and U (sexual health): http://www.sexualityandu.ca

Soften The Fck Up! (mental health stigma reduction): http://www.softenthefckup.com.au

Speaking of Kids Mental Health (getting help): http://www.speakingofkidsmentalhealth.ca

Spun Out (volunteer): http://www.spunout.ie

Starfish Ventures (volunteer): http://www.starfishvolunteers.com

Stop A Bully (bullying): http://www.stopabully.ca

Support Net (support): http://www.supportnet.ca

TakingITGlobal (volunteer): http://www.tigweb.org

Teen Mental Health (general, youth): http://teenmentalhealth.org

TeensHealth (youth): http://kidshealth.org/teen

Telehealth Ontario (health): http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/telehealth/

The Canadian Federation for Sexual Health (sexual health): http://www.cfsh.ca

The Healthy Aboriginal Network (first nations, health): http://www.thehealthyaboriginal.net

The Trevor Project (suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth): http://www.thetrevorproject.org

The Samaritans (24 hour worldwide support): http://www.samaritans.org

TheSite (the online guide to life for 16-25 year-olds in the UK):  http://www.thesite.org

Toronto Teen Survey (sexual health): http://torontoteensurvey.ca

Travel and Mental Health (health): http://www.iamat.org/editorials.cfm

U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (getting help, suicide): http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

What Works 4 U (general, research): http://whatworks4u.org

World Health Organization (health): http://www.who.int

Young and Healthy (health): http://www.youngandhealthy.ca

Youth Spark (health): http://www.youthspark.ca

Youth4Youth (volunteer): http://www.youth4youth.org

youthprivacy.ca (online safety): http://www.priv.gc.ca/youth-jeunes

ErinIf You Need Help

24 Comments on “If You Need Help”

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  2. Jordan Tyler

    you should make this into a tumblr, im 18 and i just spent 2 weeks at the adult ward at victoria then 2 months at regional in the adolescent, this page is pretty uplifting ve never came across any blogs or anything regarding people in london with mental illness this is pretty legit

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  6. Matt

    Hey Erin,
    This site looks like it give a lot of guidance and a source of hope. It helps to know you have managed to come through some dark times.

    It could help to put the English charity Mind on your links. http://www.mind.org.uk/ Their support is for people in England and Wales but their A – Z on mental health http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/a-z-mental-health/ gives lots of definitions of mental health problems as well as treatment that can help.

    Was very glad to stumble across this site.


    1. Erin

      Hey Matt,
      Thanks for letting me know about Mind.org! I will definitely add it to my links/help page. :)

  7. Summer

    Hey! My name is Summer and I recently started a blog on depression and anxiety. My hope is to help those who don’t have depression better understand what it’s like, and for those who do suffer to have an encouraging community. I really hope to make a difference, as I too struggle with depression and anxiety. I was hoping that in an effort to further spread my blog, that your website might be able to give me a shout out, or even just take a look at my blog and give me any advice you might have. It’s at http://www.beatthebeasttogether.com Thanks for your time!
    Summer Caulwell

  8. Alice Patrick

    I have myself been struggling with depression and anxiety for years and there is no sign of my illness getting better any time soon, I would like to share m experiances and thoughts with people and help them to understand whereas I didn’t to begin with and I still don’t all the time now.
    I was wondering if you could give me some pointers on blogging about my illness. Im not sure about using my real name on the blog due to some details of my depression and the events that led to it coming about could hurt a lot of people and could also insult a ot of people.
    Any help that yo could give would be appreciated.

  9. Ryan

    Hey Erin! Your site is an amazing resource – thank you for putting all of this together. Your story an openness are truly inspiring.

    Have you heard of 7 Cups? It’s a community of people supporting one another online – your readers might enjoy it as as resource. : ) http://www.7cups.com


  10. Shaun

    Hey Erin. I’m Shaun. I’m a 20 something year old. I wanted to reach out and discuss the issues of mental health and depression and its impact of my life as a guy. Disney taught all us boys that we need to be strong, stable, and a prince charming at all times so when we really need help, more often than not we don’t admit it. I do a lot of writing, and was wondering if you, or anyone reading this would like to review it, share it, or otherwise help me get it out to people that it might benefit. Message back and we can talk more!


  11. Marissa

    So I recently started a depression/wellness blog, and was wondering if you had any advice? I absolutely love this site and have been looking at it the past few days. <3

  12. Greg

    Hey, I’ve recently created a short film dealing with issues of mental health, and I thought this one video in particular would be a great fit for what you’re doing! Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDr3izmwppI My goal with this video was to give an unbiased look on mental health/depression by sharing multiple experiences/perspectives. I realize it’s a little long, but if you have a minute (or a few), check it out and feel free to give feedback/share to anywhere appropriate. I’m hugely passionate about this project!


  13. Hugo

    Good morning Erin,
    my name is Hugo and I am an editor at Mango Publishing. I wanted to talk to you about your blog. I think what you are doing is fantastic and perhaps there is a book in your unique voice. If this is something you are interested in, please let me know and we can work on a general proposal (see below).

    Thank you,
    Hugo Villabona
    Acquisitions & Content
    Editor, Mango Publishing

    General Proposal –
    • Title
    • Subtitle
    • Outline / Table of Contents
    • Book Description / Goal of the Book
    • Target Audience
    • Social Media and Blog Numbers (if applicable)

  14. Suzanne

    I think its great that your doing a blog on mental health! I am too. I really enjoy your help page and I need to set one up like that on my own blog. Feel free to send me an email anytime your feeling down and you need a pick me up. Sometimes just someone to listen I find can help with depression.

  15. marissa

    hi i really would love to start blogging im hoping it will help me with my depression and just glancing at your page its sort of what i would like to do how did you start blogging and getting people to read it ?

  16. Jane Fuda

    Thank you for this very beautiful website and blog. I’ve been suffering from depression for a few years now and have recently been under treatment of a great psychiatrist. He’s been very helpful. I surf the web occasionally and check out depression blogs and yours has been very inspiring. I also stumbled across a really good ebook on Amazon called Understood by J.S. Arbor. It’s from someone who’s on the other side of this illness after decades suffering and it was inspirational — short read and great writing! Check it out.
    Keep blogging.

  17. lorena dizol

    Have any of you checked out the maxweltontherapygroup.ca. Apparently it’s a group of therapists who used to work for Homewood and they are doing intense therapy programs on an outpatient basis. I know of one person who just finished the complicated grief group, and raved about the shifts and positive connections made as it’s group therapy. She said they use art and psychodrama therapy so it’s really unique.

  18. Greg

    Hey! My videos have been picking up a lot of traction lately, and I thought this one video in particular would be a great fit for your website! Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXruEfYeHGQ In this video, I discuss the importance of opening up and my experiences with depression and stigma. If you have a minute, check it out and feel free to use this for your site.


  19. Andolina

    What a great idea! Why have I not thought of this myself??? Well, maybe I would have, haha, I’ve only been blogging for just over a month now.

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