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Youthspace.ca’s Online Resources

A list of websites, smartphone apps, services, and more! These resources cover various mental, emotional, and physical health issues and/or wellness.

If you have suggestions, please reach out to us using our contact form!

Last Updated May 2020

Resources in Specific Provinces/Territories

Phone Lines & Community Resources
All Across CanadaAlbertaBritish ColumbiaManitobaNew BrunswickNewfoundland and LabradorNorthwest TerritoriesNova ScotiaNunavutOntarioPrince Edward IslandQuebecSaskatchewanYukon
Crisis Services Canada

24/7 Phone Line: 1-833-456-4566

SMS Text: Text 'start' to 45645 from 4pm-12am ET

More Information: http://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/
Kids Help Phone

24/7 Phone Line: 1-800-784-2433

SMS Text: Text CONNECT to 686868

Instant Messaging and More Info: www.kidshelpphone.ca
Woods Homes

24/7 Phone Line: 1-800-563-6106

SMS and IM Hours: 9am – 10pm MST daily

SMS Text: 587-315-5000

Instant Messaging and More Info: https://www.woodshomes.ca/

Didn’t find what you were looking for? Try:

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention’s database of all crisis lines and crisis centers in specific provinces, along with information on support groups and general information on suicide.

Alberta 24/7 Mental Health Help Line

24/7 Phone Line: 1-877-303-2642
Alberta Nurse Line For Non-Emergency Health Questions

24/7 Phone Line: 811
Calgary Teen Support Line “Connecteen”

24/7 Phone Line: 403-264-TEEN (8336)

SMS Text: 587-333-2724. Hours: Mon-Fri 3pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-10pm

Instant Messaging and More Info: calgaryconnecteen.com
Calgary Distress Center

24/7 Phone Line: 403-266-HELP (4357)

Hours: 3pm-10pm MST

Instant Messaging and More Info: distresscentre.com
Edmonton Crisis Line

24/7 Phone Line: 780-482-4357

Instant Messaging and More Info: edmonton.cmha.ca/online-crisis-chat

Online Chat Hours: M-F 6pm-10pm, S+S noon-4pm MST

FAQ and interpretations of the law as it applies to youth in Alberta. Topics range from: adoption, marriage and sex, alcohol and renting.

BC 211 Services Info & Referrals

24/7 Phone Line: 2-1-1

SMS Text: Text name of your city to 2-1-1 from 8am-11pm PST

Instant Messaging and More Info: bc211.ca
BC 24/7 Crisis Line

24/7 Phone Line: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
BC Nurse Line For Non-Emergency Health Questions

24/7 Phone Line: 8-1-1
Youth in BC
IM support for youth under 25 in BC from Noon – 1am PST

Find Instant Messaging and More Info: youthinbc.com/

(for those over 25, access same IM service here: crisiscentrechat.ca/)
KUU-US Crisis Line (Support for Indigenous Peoples Only)

24/7 Phone Line: 1-800-588-8717

More Information: kuu-uscrisisline.ca/
Northern Youth Online

Instant Messaging & More Info: northernyouthonline.ca/

IM Chat open from 4pm-10pm PST every day
Victim Link BC
A confidential phone service in 110 languages for BC and the Yukon for survivors of crime and crisis support to survivors of family/sexual violence.

24/7 Phone Line: 1-800-563-0808
Youth Against Violence Support Line

24/7 Phone Line: 1-800-680-4264

24/7 SMS Text/TTY for those hard of hearing only: 604-836-6381

More Information: youthagainstviolenceline.com
BC Bereavement and Grief Helpline

Phone Line: 604-738-9950. Hours are M-F 9am-5pm PST.

More Information: bcbh.ca/
Vancouver Island Crisis Line

24/7 Phone Line: 1‑888-494-3888

SMS Text: 250-800-3806 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm PST

Instant Messaging and More Info: vicrisis.ca
QChat Peer Support for LGBTQ2S+ Youth in BC

Monday-Wednesday, 6:00-9:00 PM

Phone Line: 1‑855-956-1777

SMS Text: 250-800-9036

Instant Messaging and More Info: qchat.ca

Run by Island Sexual Health on Vancouver Island, BC, this is a website focusing on sexual health information and advice for teens, as well as a community-based resource section. Also has a text line.

Text Number: 250-812-9374

Website all about psychosis, understanding it, decreasing stigma around it, and a Toolkit to work through. Help links and support resources are specific to British Columbia.

An interactive BC website that walks the user through resources they may want for themselves or others. Deals with all sorts of mental health issues and gives recommendations and resources.

PovNet provides online tools that facilitate communication, community and access to information around poverty-related issues in British Columbia and Canada.

Manitoba Suicide Line

24/7 Phone Line: 1-877-435-7170
Manitoba Nurse Line For Non-Emergency Health Questions

24/7 Phone Line: 1-888-315-9257
Manitoba Farmer, Rural & Northern Support Services

Monday to Friday 10am-9pm CST

Phone Line: 1-888-315-9257

Instant Messaging & More Info: supportline.ca
New Brunswick Chimo Helpline

24/7 Phone Line: 1-800-667-5005

Instant Messaging and More Info: chimohelpline.ca

IM Hours: 5PM-12AM EST
New Brunswick Nurse Line For Non-Emergency Health Questions

24/7 Phone Line: 8-1-1
Mental Health Crisis Line

24/7 Phone Line: 1-888-737-4668
Newfoundland Nurse Line For Non-Emergency Health Questions

24/7 Phone Line: 8-1-1

Directory for Newfoundland & Labrador Mental Health Services, as well as information on various Mental Health Issues, coping tools, and more.

NWT Help Line

Phone Line: 1-800-661-0844 Hours: (7-11pm MST)
NWT Nurse Line for Non-Emergency Health Questions

24/7 Phone Line: 1-888-255-1010

Directory for counsellors who provide free counselling in various regions of the NWT.

Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team

24/7 Phone Line: 1-888-429-8167
Nova Scotia Nurse Line For Non-Emergency Health Questions

24/7 Phone Line: 8-1-1
Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line

24/7 Phone Line: 1-800-265-3333
Click here for a downloadable, searchable (CNTRL + F) .pdf chart of all Crisis and Counselling Services in Ontario by county area. 
Ontario Telehealth For Non-Emergency Health Questions

24/7 Phone Line: 1-866-797-0000

Toronto ONLY 24/7 Distress Centre

Instant Messaging & More Info:
dcontario.org/ontx.html

SMS Text: 45645 Hours: 4pm-12am EST
Talk 4 Healing – A Help Line for Indigenous Women

24/7 Phone Line: 1-855-554-HEAL (4325)

More Information: talk4healing.com
Youth Line (Ontario Only)
Confidential peer support for LGBTQ2S+ youth in Ontario.
Hours: 4:00-9:30pm EST Sunday to Friday.

Phone Line: 1-800-268-9688

SMS Text: 647-694-4275

IM Chat: youthline.ca

Similar to Youthspace E-Counselling, this website offers free professional counselling to youth in Ontario, as well as resources for youth and their parents.

Island Helpline

24/7 Phone Line: 1-800-218-2885
PEI Nurse Line For Non-Emergency Health Questions

24/7 Phone Line: 8-1-1
Centre de prevention du suicide de Quebec 24/7

24/7 Phone Line: 1-866-277-3553
Quebec Nurse Line For Non-Emergency Health Questions

24/7 Phone Line: 8-1-1
Saskatchewan 211 Services Info & Referrals

24/7 Phone Line: 2-1-1

SMS Text: Text name of your city to 2-1-1 from 8am-11pm PST

Instant Messaging and More Info: sk.211.ca
Saskatchewan Outreach and Support Services

24/7 Phone Line: 1-800-611-6349
Saskatchewan Nurse Line For Non-Emergency Health Questions

24/7 Phone Line: 8-1-1

A list of resources compiled by the Out Saskatoon organization, which provides community events for LGBTQ folks in Saskatchewan. Includes resources that are not SK specific as well.

Youth in BC
IM support for youth under 25 in BC/Yukon from Noon – 1am PST

Find Instant Messaging and More Info: youthinbc.com/

(for those over 25, access same IM service here: crisiscentrechat.ca)
Yukon Nurse Line For Non-Emergency Health Questions

24/7 Phone Line: 8-1-1
Victim Link BC
A confidential phone service in 110 languages for BC and the Yukon for survivors of crime and crisis support to survivors of family/sexual violence.

24/7 Phone Line: 1-800-563-0808

Whitehorse-based organization providing drop in and outreach harm reduction, support & counselling services, workshops, & other justice-based resources.

*NEW* COVID-19 Resources

Information, Distractions, Coping Tools & More

Content Warning: While it is important to stay informed about COVID-19 in order to keep yourself and others safe, sometimes reading a lot of information about the virus might increase feelings of worry or anxiety.

Please use the following links at your own discretion!

Mental Wellness/Coping ResourcesDistractions & Fun ThingsGeneral Information & Other Resources

Tips for managing stress, anxiety, and depression resulting from COVID-19, as well as informational and support resources for folks living in British Columbia.

A compilation of resources and tools to support your mental wellness during COVID-19 – includes information on and coping tools for anxiety, depression, links to other helpful guides, podcasts, poems, and more.

Blog post featuring self-care tips for coping with COVID-19 related anxiety, other helpful links, and general information about anxiety.

A toolkit for coping with anxiety related to COVID-19, including meditations, helpful articles, resources for parents, and fun online distractions.

A short video with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) informed tips for effectively dealing with fear and anxiety related to COVID-19.

Printable PDF’s with tips and activities for creative folks, activity pages with drawing and writing prompts, and a “pick me up” zine.

A list of online, live-streamed art events (music, visual arts, theatre, dance…) from all over the world!

Collection of uplifting and/or calming meditations, blog posts, and talks.

A guide with prompts to reflect on your day-to-day when things feel a little less certain and a lot more irregular.

Plain language and verifiable information on COVID-19 and what you can do to help limit the spread in your community.

Information on COVID-19, how to protect yourself, your family, and your community.

Evidence-based updates and information on COVID-19 as well as resources to support mental wellness during the pandemic.

An approachable entry point for reliable information, pandemic response services local to Victoria BC, and remote activities which foster community resilience in the midst of COVID-19.

An extensive list of COVID-19 resources (including informational resources, mental wellness resources, resources for traditional medicine and holistic practices, community care, entertainment, and more) specifically for Indigenous folks.

Mental Health & More

Anxiety, Depression & Other Mental Health Issues
GENERALADD/ADHDAngerAnxietyAutism Spectrum DisorderBipolar DisorderDepressionDerma/Tricho-tillomaniaEating Disorders (Disordered Eating)GriefLonelinessOCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)Personality DisordersPTSD and TraumaSchizophrenia / PsychosisSelf Esteem / Self WorthSubstance Abuse
    What's Up? - Mental Health App
  • Apple & Android
  • Aside from plenty of information on common mental health issues, there is a habit tracker, advice, and ideas on coping tools including meditations.
    Reach Out
  • Apple & Android
  • Online support social network for those living with chronic mental or physical illness.
    Booster Buddy
  • Apple & Android
  • Little creature becomes your "buddy" and gives you self-care missions to help wake it up when it gets sleepy. Includes a mood tracker, and reminders for appointments and medications.
    Sanvello
  • Apple & Android
  • Mood tracker, recommends activities based on mood and energy levels.
    Fabulous: Self-Care
  • Apple & Android
  • Science-based app encourages building healthy habits to increase energy, sleep better and more. Content warning: Focus on weight-loss.
    WoeBot
  • Apple & Android
  • Robot friend "checks in" via instant message every day at the same time to see how you're feeling and offer lessons and advice - based on CBT skills. See more info at their website: https://woebot.io/

Easy-to use guide on supporting someone else with their mental health struggles. Could be used for a friend or for yourself, too!

Good place to start for folks looking for local counseling.

Open support chat rooms based on users’ specific mental health needs. 16+ years.

Great resource on what mental health is, and how to navigate the medical system for mental health issues. Includes comprehensive list of medications, and general advice on health.

Emotional rejection may feel more acute for those with ADHD – this page describes symptoms and discusses some coping tools.

A website with blogs, resources, and information on ADD/ADHD – created and run by folks who experience it. Focus on older youth and adults, but with general information for anyone.

A list of ideas of how to minimize and control anger. Includes how and when to get help, and long and short term strategies for coping.

For Anxiety coping tools using Mindfulness, please see our resources down the page through “Self Care, Distractions and Coping Tools” > Mindfulness.

    MindShift
  • Apple & Android
  • Anxiety-focused CBT-based advice, self improvement techniques, inspiration and tools.
    Calm in the Storm
  • Apple only
  • All about managing stress and anxiety, and how they affect mental health & well being. Has 4 in depth components: Check-In, Relief, Learn, and Safety Plan.
    Fear Tools
  • Apple & Android
  • Includes an anxiety test, thought diary, breathing guide, information and videos on anxiety.
    Rootd
  • Apple & Android
  • In-the-moment anxiety relief (with a focus on panic attacks), as well as long term lessons, tools and exercises.

Comprehensive discussion on anxiety, signs, types, reasons and treatments. Goes in-depth into causes of anxiety and has an App for supporting someone else.

Facts and advice on how to deal with anxious thoughts, as well as how to stop worrying.

An introduction to self care and self help with regards to anxiety, as well as a list of different anxiety disorders.

Personal stories and blogs on living with Autism or having family members with the Disorder.

An organisation seeking to advance rights and empower folks with regards to Autism advocacy. Contains some reading resources, toolkits, and ways to get involved.

Organization dedicated to breaking the stigma around Bipolar Disorder. Lots of information about the Disorder, medication, treatment, and latest research.

A Magazine style website with information on Bipolar and a support forum. Includes info for kids, relationships, pets, etc.

A personal blog run by a user with Bipolar. Winner of many awards, and the blog posts are archived by content tags on the side for perusing.

    Mood Path
  • Apple & Android
  • Assessment tool done over 14 days via regular check-ins to check for symptoms of depression, delivering personalised advice for possible treatment.
    Mood Mission
  • Apple & Android
  • After checking in about your mood, the app gives you tailored suggestions and "missions" to help in relief.

Interactive website with general information on depression, its causes and treatment.

Website about depression specifically for men, working to debunk gender myths surrounding mental health.

Interactive “quiz” that guides the user through self-care when they are in a state of executive dysfunction or anxiety.

Website built for understanding and dealing with depression, with articles and an in-depth workbook to help find ways of overcoming or dealing with the symptoms.

    Skin Pick
  • Apple & Android
  • Easy to use tracking app for derma- and tricho- tillomania. Has an option to send reports to GP.
    Calm Harm
  • Apple & Android
  • Illustrated characters give activity ideas based on needs such as "comfort, release, etc" to prevent self-harm.

One-page short and long term ideas on how to stop skin picking.

Overview of the symptoms, how to stop, and reasons it happens.

One-page site. Great overview of what exactly the condition is, what are the symptoms, how to stop, and reasons it happens.

    Rise Up
  • Apple & Android
  • Mood diary and food log. Allows you to export tracker to a pdf file to share with others like doctors.

NEDIC – National Eating Disorder Information Centre

Phone Number: 1-866-633-4220 Canada-wide, Monday to Friday 9am-9pm PST

Online Chat: http://www.nedic.ca/

What is it: Website has information about disordered eating, facts and how to get help. Has a helpline and e-mail support service as well.

Overview of different types of eating disorders, treatment options, general information, and more. Includes a resource section and links to personal stories and multi-media supports such as videos and more.

Website with general support and information for those experiencing disordered eating.

BC Bereavement and Grief Help Line

Phone Number: 1-877-779-2223 (Hours: M-F 9am-5pm PST)

Email: contact@bcbh.ca 

Website:  https://www.bcbh.ca

BC specific resources and help line. Can also email for support. Website includes lots of general information about easing grief, how to seek support, and more.

A UK-based website dedicated to helping young people through loss. Includes personal stories, advice, and different art forms like poems. Online chat on website available internationally – (Chat hours: 9am-9pm UK time, which is 1am-1pm PST.)

Information on miscarriages, various sources of support and how to seek them out, as well as info on long-term health.

Resource for folks grieving after a suicide. Talks about how suicide grief is unique, and how to support yourself and/or someone else dealing with a loss.

    Talk Life
  • Apple & Android
  • Messenger-board style peer to peer post and response service.
    Reach Out
  • Apple & Android
  • Online support social network for those living with chronic mental or physical illness.

Website that allows the user to blend together ambient sounds for the person soothing soundscape. Good for removing silence and combatting loneliness.

Weekly stories about loneliness written by regular folks. Interactive interface allows you to look in at “apartments” to get their stories.

A one-page fact sheet on naming loneliness and finding ways of coping with it.

A one-page advice and idea sheet on remembering the “silver lining” and how to get away from intrusive thoughts of loneliness.

    nOCD
  • Apple only
  • Activities and personalised assessments "unlock" the app and help manage OCD symptoms.

Website with article-style information on how OCD can impact family, romantic, sexual and friend relationships. Includes information for those on the other side of it, as well.

Website geared at youth with OCD – FAQ’s, information and advice. Contains many personal story articles as well as a forum to connect with others.

General overview of OCD and how it can impact individuals.

A guide to BPD; signs, symptoms, stigma. Thorough self-help coping section is near the bottom of the article.

Information and overview of personality disorders. Also includes A-Z style glossary of terms related to each personality disorder. (Find the glossaries by clicking on the links.)

A brief but informative one-page overview of personality disorders, their sub-types, and the signs and symptoms that someone with a personality disorder may have.

Coping strategies for living with PTSD.

Complex PTSD info written by someone who experiences it.

Website all about psychosis, understanding it, decreasing stigma around it, and more, such a toolkit to download and work through. Help links are specific to BC.

Personal stories on living with Schizophrenia or having family members with it.

Self-compassion and self-love website discussing how to incorporate self love into every day. Includes lots of guided meditations and mindfulness techniques, as well as practice tips and resources.

A thorough list of ideas on how to improve self worth and self esteem. Includes an audio version as well.

A website talking about what self loathing is, why it happens, what its symptoms are, and what you can do to turn it around or quiet it to get to self-compassion.

A very in-depth website on about addiction, types of substance abuse, causes, symptoms, and how to gear towards recovery.

A non-judgemental website with lots of great info on different legal and illegal substances, and what happens when they are mixed. User can search for different brand names of medication to learn more about them.

A website all about why and how to quit smoking. Includes information about setbacks and managing cravings.

FAQ on how to support and help others through substance abuse.

Suicide or Suicidal Ideation
SuicideCrisis Lines

Short Youthspace guide on how to support others and yourself if someone is thinking of suicide.

Website with lots of information, stories and guides on various topics around suicide such as: what to do if you’re suicidal, what to do in an emergency, what a safety plan is and how to make one, etc.

A longer read in PDF form about feeling suicidal and strategies to cope with the feelings – this section begins on page 12.

Beautifully designed website that shares in-depth stories of suicide attempt survivors.

One person’s story about what happened after they went to the emergency room for suicidal thoughts.

Find Phone Numbers and Community Resources by Province or Territory in the first tab at the top of this page.

Self Harm
Self Harm
    Skin Pick
  • Apple & Android
  • Easy to use tracking app for derma- and tricho- tillomania. Has an option to send reports to GP.
    Calm Harm
  • Apple & Android
  • Illustrated characters give activity ideas based on needs such as "comfort, release, etc" to prevent self-harm.

A list of things to do instead of cutting under the categories of: displacement, reinforcing, physical, creative, comforting, fun, constructive, inspiring, and with another person.

Short Youthspace guide on how to support others and yourself around self harm.

Talks broadly as well as in depth about self harm, causes, and risks. Lots of ideas on coping techniques that don’t actively harm yourself.

In depth website and network focusing solely on self injury. Includes a support forum and many FAQs, including advice on hiding scars and administering first aid.

Self Care, Distractions and Coping Tools
Distractions – Readings and MusingsDistractions - GamesDistractions - ArtMindfulnessMood TrackingSelf-Care

Artist posts funny drawings on Instagram about living with mental health issues, including anxiety and depression. Good for “I’m not alone” feelings.

A list of things to do instead of cutting under the categories of: displacement, reinforcing, physical, creative, comforting, fun, constructive, inspiring, and with another person.

PDF of a workbook on self care around mental health. Could be something to work on for a distraction from the moment, and may help organize thoughts and do future self care.

Artist posts little drawings of various animals/things saying positive things.

A list of fun or calming one-purpose websites.

    Tru Luv #SelfCare
  • Apple & Android
  • Aesthetic app guides you through little activities reminding how to take care of your self and be "brighter".
    I Love Hue
  • Apple & Android
  • Colour matching game that jumbles up colour palettes for you to put back together with subtle, soothing sound effects. Stop ads by turning off WiFi.

Lots and lots of jigsaw puzzles with all sorts of designs and levels of difficulty.

Create and build new elements by combining various items. From earth to humans and space – see if you can make them all.

Lots of cute mini flash games to achieve different game goals.

Challenge yourself to fill 66.7% of the screen while little balls bounce around the screen trying to stop you – the more you succeed, the more balls are added. A little challenging and a little mindless, a good mix.

Some detailed colouring pages to fill in, print, or even create your own.

A creative space to use “sand” to build pictures or colourful sand-mountains.

Simple website that allows you to “weave” images using mirrored lines.

    My Life
  • Apple & Android
  • Tailored meditations and mindfulness exercises based on current moods and feelings. Includes a mood tracker and option for social sharing. Previously called Stop, Breathe, Think.
    Breathr
  • Apple & Android
  • Split into two parts: Learn & Practice for meditation and mindful breathing. Includes techniques, guided meditations, and in depth advice.
    Headspace
  • Apple & Android
  • Well designed app walks you through how to meditate, and then produces 10 days of free tailored meditations. Please note: The majority of this app is behind quite a large pay wall.
    Insight Timer
  • Apple & Android
  • Largest library of free guided and timed meditations, including.

Guide to the practice of meditation. Has a few self-guided and pre-recorded breathing/meditation practices.

Website that allows the user to blend together ambient sounds for a soothing soundscape. Good for removing silence and combatting loneliness.

List of guided meditations to help one fall sleep. Gives a link to the video as well as a short description of what to expect.

Website that tells you to do nothing for two minutes but relax, not touch your keyboard or mouse, and listen to the waves it plays in the background. Great for taking a break.

A Youtube channel dedicated to calming videos of “oddly satisfying” things with calm music in the background.

Put an anxious thought on a star and watch it fade away. An auditory and visual meditation for anxiety.

  • GIFs to Help With Calm Breathing

Gif 1  – expanding and compressing shape

Gif 2  – lines that expand into a star and back into lines

Gif 3  – a circle expanding and contracting, with a timer

Gif 4  – geometric shapes expanding and compressing 

    Catch It
  • Apple & Android
  • Thought logger with 3 steps: catch it; check it; change it, to consider negative and/or intrusive thoughts out of context. Locks with a pin for security.
    Mood Panda
  • Apple & Android
  • Mood tracker with blog tools and social sharing - can contrast your mood to global moods. Please note: Many users have reported trouble using this app on newer Android systems.

PDF of a sectioned zine on self care and self love. Includes suggestions for self care and feeling better, as well as personal stories of self love and struggle through mental health and self loathing. *uses gendered language: targeted at women/femme folks*

Self-compassion and self-love website discussing how to incorporate self love into every day. Includes guided mediations and mindfulness techniques, as well as practice tips and resources.

An in depth and easily readable blog post on how to practice Emotional First Aid when in crisis or in moments of fight or flight.

Interactive “quiz” that guides the user through self-care when they are in a state of executive dysfunction or anxiety.

Website that has many useful and interactive tools, such as a mood tracking program, a CBT program, assessments and other self-help exercises. Has places to share your story and read others’.

Supporting Others
Taking Care of Yourself While Helping OthersAround Suicide or Self HarmAround Anxiety or Depression

How to support yourself and a friend through making decisions around mental health. Puts emphasis on why it’s important to set boundaries and take care of yourself when taking care of others.

Short Youthspace guide on how to support others and yourself around self harm.

Short Youthspace guide on how to support others and yourself if someone is thinking of suicide.

Helpful and informative modules on supporting others  through suicidal thoughts, and how to support yourself while supporting others – complete with graphics and interactive aspects!

Website on understanding different mental illnesses and how they may affect those you know. Includes general tips and techniques on how to talk to people who are feeling anxious, low, or depressed.

Website outlining what to say when you have a friend that’s depressed or has low mood, or how to talk to them about it: as well, things not to say.

Health, Sexuality, & Gender

Physical & Sexual Health
Chronic IllnessDisabilitiesGeneral Physical HealthSexual HealthSleep Issues
    Reach Out
  • Apple & Android
  • Online support social network for those living with chronic mental or physical illness.

Articles on how to cope with a chronic illness, along with advice on how to support someone who is living with a chronic illness.

Expansive website that promotes those with different abilities to be as active in life as they want to be. Topics include: relationships, employment, sex and love, travel, etc.

Community for people facing any kind of mental illness or disability with many powerful stories and articles on personal experiences. Subject areas are grouped together with an A-Z table of contents.

Provincial Nurse Lines For Non-Emergency Health Questions

BC, AB, SK, QC, NB, NS, NL, PEI: 811

Manitoba Health Line: 1-888-315-9257

Ontario Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000

Poison Control: 1-800-567-8911

In-depth information about a variety of health concerns, symptoms, remedies and advice. Has some BC specific information and resources.

A website dedicated to all aspects of health. Has three site sections: for parents, teens and kids. Many articles are reviewed by doctors, so has very solid and thorough information.

*Note: uses biological/gender essentialist language*

Website dedicated to sexual safety and birth control, including different types of BC, risks, benefits, etc. Includes a “features” article section for more information.

Sexual Health advice and articles on pretty much any question or issue.

A sexual health education website with articles written by youth for other youth.

    Relax Melodies
  • Apple & Android
  • Create your own white noise, browse others' creations, and explore free guided meditations for sleep.

A PDF containing tips and suggestions on how to improve sleep hygiene, quality of sleep and ultimately getting deeper restful sleeps.

10 tips on how to treat symptoms of insomnia.

Good general source on what sleep problems are, and ideas/tips on what to do about them.

Sexuality and Gender Identity
SexualityResources for Lesbian FolksResources for Gay FolksResources for Bisexual FolksResources for Transgender and Non-Binary FolksResources for All Queer Folks and Other Identities

Diagram explaining the difference between gender, sexuality, and sexual/romantic attraction.

A downloadable worksheet full of suggestions and prompts to facilitate conversation around sex, sexuality, gender, pleasure, and more.

Website with many comprehensive articles on sex, sexuality, STI’s, sexual self-esteem, abuse, relationships, etc. Includes a forum where users can send in questions and have them answered by ‘sexperts’.

An online community and magazine for lesbian, bisexual and otherwise identifying people and their friends.

Database of resources and online forums for survivors of sexualized violence. Specifically targeted at lesbian folks, with a small focus on bisexual folks as well.

Sex-positive website exploring (generally cis-) gay male sexuality and having the sex that ‘you and/or your partner” want. In-depth resources exploring sexual health, protection, STI and HIV testing, and kinks. Extensive list of resources local to Ontario.

A website created by and for bisexual folks (and pan, omni, and other non-monosexual identifying folks). Contains lots of resources, information, and discussion about bi+ specific issues such as bi-erasure.

A website completely dedicated to bisexuality. Contains blog posts, resource links, FAQs, personal stories and an opportunity to share your own story online as well.

24/7 Trans Lifeline

Phone Number: 1-877-330-6366

More Information: translifeline.org/hotline

Story sharing website aimed at Youth, Allies, and Family. “Stories to build community, find inspiration & transform society”.

Resource for trans people on all aspects of trans identities with emphasis on visual and medical transitioning; includes a glossary, frequently asked questions, and resources. Is BC specific in terms of medical and support resource referrals.

Their page Trans Basics offers a lot of general information on terminology and understanding trans identities.

An informative read about different aspects of gender. Helpful for folks who might be trying to understand their (or others’ close to them) gender.

Youth Line (Ontario Only)
Confidential peer support for LGBTQ2S+ youth in Ontario. Hours: 4:00-9:30pm EST Sunday to Friday.
Phone Line: 1-800-268-9688
SMS Text: 647-694-4275
IM Chat: youthline.ca

All about Asexuality – comprehensive FAQ section and an active community forum.

Diagram explaining the difference between gender, sexuality, and sexual/romantic attraction.

An in depth guide on navigating simultaneously being part of the LGBTQIA+ community and part of a religious community.

A large collection of resources about polyamory.

Other

Abuse, Assault and Bullying
BullyingDating ViolenceEmotional AbusePhysical AbuseSexualized Violence and Assault

Problem solving focus on cyberbullying and what to do if it happens.

Informational website on how to identify bullying, as well as what to do if you or your friend are being bullied. Geared towards BC youth; the reporting tool only works for BC and is open on school days only.

Walks through what to do about sexual cyberbullying (or spread of pictures or videos without consent), and all the emotional ways it can affect youth. Has legal help and information for friends and parents on how to support a youth in crisis.

Fact sheets on violence within dating and intimate relationships. Also has information on different types of abuse (physical, emotional, sexual) and information on different ways to seek help.

Another guide on recognizing emotional abuse. Talks about different types and ways it can manifest, as well as what to do when you find yourself in an emotionally abusive situation or relationship.

A long list of signs and ways to recognise emotional/mental abuse.

A directory of Canadian resources for people experiencing violence in their lives. Organized by province. Includes both crisis and non-crisis resources.

Detailed guide for creating safety plans for yourself or someone else experiencing violence. Includes escape plans, emotional safety, safety plans involving children, and more.

Database of Anti-Violence, rape crisis and transitional support centers by Province and City.

Fact sheets on sexualized violence, assault, consent, stalking, and other sexualized violence issues. Debunks myths about consent and rape culture.

PDF explaining common feelings that may arise after surviving sexualized violence, such as: denial, fear, helplessness, and more.

Site with coping tips and advice on what to do if someone is being sexually harassed online, or if sexually explicit videos or photos are being shared without consent.

A free, downloadable and printable coloring and activity book for survivors and allies of survivors of sexualized violence.

 

Legal, Life Skills, School, & Work Help
General Life SkillsLegalSchool HelpWork

Website discussing many life skills needed to “adult”, such as taxes, credit, etc. Created by former youth in care. BC based website so includes BC specific information and links.

Website outlining what to do, legally, in cases such as Sexual Assault, Renting, Work, etc.

Chat feature available on website for BC youth. Hours: Monday-Friday, 11am-2pm.

Supports legal rights of LGBTQ folks in Canada. With an especial focus on serving youth, has a phone service as well.

Info and ideas on how to study, what to expect when starting college/university and how to deal with exam stress, etc.

A directory for websites that offer Free Open Online Courses on multiple topics and areas.

Step-by-step math help for questions and also based on mathematical subject area.

Federal database for job searches, resources and information to help support someone looking for work. Also information on things like Employment Insurance, CCTB, etc.

Website with video episodes of individuals in various career positions performing typical daily tasks, with interviews about their experiences. Adjustable search lets you tailor your results.

Relationships
Dating + Sexual/Romantic RelationshipsFamily

A downloadable worksheet full of suggestions, creative things to think about, and prompts to facilitate conversation around sex, sexuality, gender, pleasure, and more.

Comprehensive website providing information on how to change patterns of abuse and manipulation in relationships; for yourself, for someone else, how to get help, and more. Details how to identify abuse.

PDF tip sheet on how to heal from heartbreak. In depth and easy to read.

Talks you through how to raise issues with your parents, how to prepare and what to expect.

A website to help families deal with family breakups. Has specific portals based on: province/age/relationship. Discusses emotions, laws, changes that are inevitable, etc.

Information for parents on different types of anxiety found in children; includes causes, treatments and how to involve educators and schools.

BIPoC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour)
Resources for Black PeopleResources for Indigenous PeoplesResources for People of Color

Site describing the activism of (predominantly black and of color folks) and their resistance to racially motivated police violence. Includes legal resources specific to Ontario, love letters, statements of solidarity.

Informative site describing history of Black people in Canada and what often gets left out of state-dictated history books. Includes resources for students and teachers.

A culturally grounded resource on coming out for African American (Canadian) folks.

KUU-US Crisis Line

24/7 Phone Line: 1-800-588-8717

More Information: kuu-uscrisisline.ca/
Talk 4 Healing – A Help Line for Indigenous Women

24/7 Phone Line: 1-855-554-HEAL (4325)

More Information: talk4healing.com
24/7 Hope For Wellness Indigenous Peoples’ Helpline

Phone Number: 1-855-242-3310

Chat Service (unknown hours): hopeforwellness.ca
24/7 Native Youth Crisis Hotline

Phone Number: 1-877-209-1266

A website geared towards youth that wish to get more connected or involved with their specific culture. Lots of supportive suggestions, videos, and resources.

Culturally specific information on suicide for indigenous youth. Includes personal stories, suicide FAQs and resources. Has not been updated in a while.

World map of Indigenous territories, languages, and treaty areas.

Comprehensive website for Indigenous Youth looking for resources on sexual health, safe sex, Two-Spirit identities. Has resources on harm reduction, reproductive health, Indigenous feminisms and masculinities, and culturally safe sex education.

Map of Friendship Centers across Canada, especially for off-reserve service delivery. Note: Could be outdated.

A website for Native youth, by Native youth. Great articles, peer support videos on a multitude of issues that can either specifically relate to being Indigenous, or not.

A breakdown of what racism can look like, and what legal rights and laws are surrounding racism and anti-racist resistance. Includes pages for educators, for employers, and for youth. Note: Website may be out of date.

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