If you, your child, or someone in your care is having a mental health or substance use crisis:
- call 911 or go to your local hospital’s emergency room
- call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) anytime 24/7 if you are concerned about someone who may be considering suicide
These are a few examples of situations when you should seek immediate help:
- the child or youth is thinking about or trying to end their life
- the child or youth is experiencing sensations that are not real and/or beliefs that can't possibly be true
- the child or youth is unable to care for themselves, and it's putting them at risk of serious harm
- the child or youth is taking a dangerous combination of substances (like medications and alcohol)
- Child and Youth Mental Health Teams provide early identification, intervention, assessment and treatment to BC families.
- HealthLinkBC includes a directory of BC health services.You can speak to a nurse, dietitian or pharmacist by dialing 811.
- BC 211 is a free directory of services in your area. Confidential, multilingual and available 24/7 by dialing 211.
- The Child and Youth Mental Health Program at BC Children’s Hospital is a provincial resource for children and youth who are experiencing severe mental and emotional distress or serious psychiatric symptoms. Services include both inpatient and outpatient programs, and are by referral only. The program is available to BC and Yukon children, youth, and their families, ages 18 years and younger; with the exception of youth up to the age of 24 presenting with a co-occurring substance use issue.
- Inpatient and outpatient programs and services for individuals aged 19 and older are available through BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services.
- Foundry offers young people ages 12-24 health and wellness resources, services and supports – online and through integrated service centres in communities across BC.
For non-urgent support options, explore our Ask Kelty Mental Health tool. You’ll find answers to common questions families have about accessing mental health supports and services in BC for their child or youth.
Don’t hesitate to contact us by phone, email, or in person for additional information, resources and help navigating the mental health system.