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My Friend Needs Help

Are you worried about a friend? Are they talking about wanting to die or saying you and the world would be better off without them? Has their mood or behaviour changed a lot? Do they stay home and never want to go out anymore? Are they losing weight or not sleeping?

Your friend may need help and as their friend, there are some things you can do. Try talking to them to find out what's on their mind. Don't be afraid to ask if they are thinking about suicide. Talking about things is helpful. If a friend is thinking about hurting themselves or hurting someone else, see if there is an adult they trust that they can talk to. Offer to go with them for support. If they refuse your help, don't let them convince you to keep this a secret.

You do not have to tackle it alone. Taking care of yourself is one of the best things you can do when trying to take care of someone else. Rather than trying to have all the answers, seek support from professionals who are around to help you.

If your friend isn't willing to talk with someone you can:


  • Call 911 if you think they are going to do something right now
  • Call Poison Control in Ontario at 1-800-268-9017 if they have taken pills or other substances.
  • Talk to an adult you trust: a parent, teacher, counsellor, coach or anyone who will help.

To find out more about what you can do and how you can help a friend check out these resources:



For information and support, try:


  • Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 to connect with a counsellor who can help you
  • Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line at 1-800-268-9688 for confidential, free, non-judgmental peer support Sunday-Friday 4:00-9:30 PM
  • TRIP at 647-822-6435 if you are having a bad drug-use experience or just need some information on safe sex or drugs

  • To find therapy, try:



    For information on mental health, drugs, stress, and anything else you can think of, try:


    • Mind Your Mind for fact sheets on how to cope, keep yourself safe, and deal with stress. There are also lots of stories, blogs and art done by youth for youth
    • Reach Out.com for great information on mental health, substances and relationships
    • Kids Help Phone for info on a variety of topics about health, dating, violence, money and jobs, and much more
    • Children's Mental Health Ontario for information on mental health
    • EROWID for the most comprehensive and accurate drugs archive on the web
    • E Mental Health for self-screening questionnaires to see if you have something to worry about. They are free, confidential and have been validated by professionals.

    Access our list of 24-hour crisis lines on our Emergency page.

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