contact and resources

Ask for help, trust me it does get better, keep reading.

There is help if your are thinking of suicide, for suicide prevention or if you or someone you know is in an immediate crisis:

Call your emergency number if you or someone is in immediate danger and/or if you or someone is thinking of suicide, in Canada, the emergency number is 9-1-1 .

In Canada, there is a suicide prevention hotline, this is with the Canada Suicide Prevention Service, the number is 1-833-456-4566 24/7/365 or you can text 45645 between 4pm and Midnight (ET), https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en/.

The site for Kids Help Phone is https://kidshelpphone.ca/ and the number for Kids Help Phone is 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868.

The site for Crisis Text Line Canada is www.crisistextline.ca. You can also text HOME to 686868 powered by Kids Help Phone.

https://unsuicide.org/ includes links and descriptions of web and mobile suicide crisis services. The directory is not itself a crisis service, and does not offer counseling. Click the links to connect to help.

Mental Health Crisis:

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the Crisis Outreach and Support Team – COAST, the number is 905-972-8338. https://www.stjoes.ca/health-services/mental-health-addiction-services/mental-health-services/coast

The Barrett Centre provides a safe place in the community where individuals can receive help in resolving a personal crisis. The number for the Barrett Centre is 1-844-777-3571.

Counselling and healing:

If you are looking for counselling services, there is Valley Centre for Counselling, you can find more information here https://valleycentreforcounselling.com/.  This will be the starting point, someone at Valley Centre for Counselling will direct you to a counsellor in person or virtually. 

Resources including CMHA and St Joes:

There are mental health resources at CMHA Hamilton. The phone number is 905-521-0090 (not monitored 24/7) and the website is www.cmhahamilton.ca. Here is the National website for CMHA https://cmha.ca/.

For information about Mental Health and Addiction supports provided by St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton click here: https://www.stjoes.ca/hospital-services/mental-health-addiction-services

211 includes information for government and community-based, non-clinical health and social services. The service can be accessed 24 hours a day, in more than 150 languages, by phone, chat, text, and web. 211 helps connect people to the right information and services: https://211.ca/

Ask for help:

Ask for help, trust me it does get better and it can get easier. Asking for help and speaking openly is the first step. And asking for help is okay, it will always be okay. You are going to get through this. It may seem difficult in the moment but it can get better.

My email is samanthadmercanti@gmail.com, and this email is not monitored 24/7. Please remember I am not a doctor, social worker, health professional or fitness professional. I am just a person sharing my story and my experience with my mental illness.

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