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Talking About Suicide Saves Lives – Suicide Prevention Week (February 4-10) – Resources for Youth

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This week, February 4 to 10, is Suicide Prevention Week in Quebec and the theme is “Talking about suicide saves lives.”

The tragedy of a young person dying because of overwhelming hopelessness or frustration is devastating to family, friends, and community. Parents, siblings, classmates, coaches, and neighbors might be left wondering if they could have done something to prevent that young person from turning to suicide.

The following is a list of resources for youth and their parents- together let’s talk about mental health and suicide!

If you or someone you know are in crisis now, please call any of the crisis line numbers listed below or dial the local emergency telephone number (911) in your area.

Resources For Youth

Info-Santé is a free service available 24/7 to answer any questions regarding your physical health or that of a family member. You will be connected to a nurse who will give you advice and who can direct you to the proper service (such as a medical clinic or hospital emergency ward).  Info-social complements Info-Santé by connecting you to a qualified social worker 24/7. By calling 8-1-1, option 2 you can consult a social worker who will evaluate the situation and direct you to the appropriate psychosocial service.  If calling from a 613 cellphone, please call 819-966-0180.

Suicide, Mental Health and Mental Illness

Centre intégré de santé et de service sociaux de l’Outaouais (CISSSO) – Youth Mental Health
Services offered by the youth mental health team are targeted at youths under 18 experiencing mild to moderate mental problems, affecting their functioning and development.  The team is made up of qualified professionals (social workers, psycho-educators, psychologists).

Centre intégré de santé et de service sociaux de l’Outaouais (CISSSO) – Troubled Youth and Families
CISSSO offers psychosocial and psychological services for children aged 0 to 17 and to their parents facing personal, relationship or family problems, such as behavioural and self-esteem issues, adjustment difficulties, exposure to violence, etc.

Right by You
Three short videos to help you talk with your teen about suicide, mental health or mental illness.
Opening the door to better Mental Health for Your Youth Guide to help parents strengthen connections with their child.

Teen Mental Health
Ten Mental Health help improve the mental health of youth by the effective translation and transfer of scientific knowledge. Our model is to use the best scientific evidence available to develop application-ready training programs, publications, tools and resources that can be applied across disciplines to enhance the understanding of adolescent mental health and mental disorders.

Mind your Mind
mindyourmind exists in the space where mental health, wellness, engagement and technology meet. They work with young people aged 14-29 to co-create interactive tools and innovative resources to build capacity and resilience.

Youth Mental Health Toolkits
The following Child & Youth Mental Health Toolkits were created with healthcare providers in mind who expressed a need for a practical, user-friendly resource for screening, assessment and treatment of child and youth mental health problems commonly presenting in primary care.  Parents and youth can find information on anxiety, autism, mood disorders, trauma, ADHD and more.

Resources for Youth, Parents & Professionals – Québec government’s Portail santé mieux-être
The Québec government’s Portail santé mieux-être- Reste en contrôle addresses a number of topics related to alcohol and other drugs, and gambling. The information is for young people aged 10 and older and their parents but may also be useful for teachers and other professionals working with young people.  Please see the Drug Awareness Week Notebook for Youth 10-12 and the Choose Smart Solutions: True or False? Activities for youth 10-12.

Crisis Services

Crisis Lines (24/7 Support)

Crisis Centre

SOS Spousal Abuse

Suicide Prevention Centre

Tel-Aide Outaouais 
Crisis help-line
Toll free: 1-800-567-9699

Abuse Support And Services

CALAS-Sexual Assault Help Centre
Centre d’aide et de lutte contre les agressions sexuelles de l’Outaouais
Toll Free: 1-866-757-7757

Crime Victims Assistance Centre
Centre d’aide aux victimes d’actes criminels (CAVAC)
Toll free: 1-800-331-2311

Donne-toi une chance (Help for violent men)
1939 St-Louis Local 4, Gatineau, QC J8T 4H5

Non-Crisis Helplines

Kids Help Phone
Call this free, confidential and anonymous helpline to speak with a professional counsellor.

A free, confidential resource for young people throughout Quebec, available 24/7.  You can call, text, or send a question online to receive help from a professional counsellor on any topic you may be struggling with (e.g. self-esteem, relationship questions, sexuality, school, etc.)
Call: 1-800-263-2266
Text: 514-600-1002

 Addictions Services

Centre intégré de santé et de service sociaux de l’Outaouais (CISSSO)- Addiction Services
The Youth addiction services are targeted at youths aged 12 to 18 with substance abuse problems and their family members. Types of services offered include one-one-one and group meetings, motivational groups, detoxification service, and internal rehabilitation providing a wide variety of programs aimed at reducing harm.

Addiction Support and Prevention Centre
Centre d’intervention et de prévention en toxicomanie de l’Outaouais (CIPTO)
Toll Free: 1-866-778-4372 (French Website, but bilingual services)

CRDO: La Centre de Readaptation en Dependance de l’Outaouais
CRDO (formerly Jellinek) provides confidential services to youth and adults with alcohol, drug, medication or gambling addictions
819-776-5584 (French Website, but bilingual services)

Drugs: Help and Referral (DAR) 
Provides support, information and referral to people coping with addiction throughout Québec.
Toll Free: 1-800-265-2626