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Signs to Watch For

We all go through times when we don’t feel as mentally well. Changes in feelings and emotions are expected and sometimes they affect how we act. But how do you know when you, or a friend, could use someone’s help to get through a challenge?

Questions to reflect on

These questions can help you decide whether to ask for help.

  • Is how I’m thinking, feeling, or acting different for me? A change from how I used to be?
  • Are my thoughts, emotions or actions affecting my everyday life negatively?
  • Have I been feeling this way for some time, like more than a couple of weeks?
  • Am I dealing with my problems in unhealthy ways?
  • Am I carrying too much by myself?

If you or your friend answered mostly yes to these questions, it is probably time to connect with an adult who can help. Reaching out can prevent problems from getting worse.

Still not sure?

If you’re ever wondering if you might need help with your mental health, you can always speak to a teacher or another trusted adult like a parent, relative, principal, coach, faith leader, Elder, or your family doctor. You can also call Kids Help Phone and speak to a trained counselor to see if getting more help might be a good idea. Speak with a counsellor 24/7 by calling Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 or texting CONNECT to 686868.

Thoughts of suicide

Ask for help if you are having thoughts of suicide or harming yourself. There is always hope, and there are people ready and wanting to help. Tell a caring adult that you need help. If you need immediate assistance, here are some options:

  • Call 911
  • Speak with a counsellor 24/7 by calling Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 or texting CONNECT to 686868
  • Contact a local distress line

You are not alone.