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.
- BC Children's Hospital's Mental Health Services provides inpatient and outpatient programs and services for children and youth under the age of 19, except the Provincial Youth Concurrent Disorders Program which offers services for young people up to the age of 25. All inpatient and outpatient programs and services are by referral only.
- Inpatient and outpatient programs and services for individuals aged 19 and older are available through BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services.
Don’t hesitate to contact us by phone, email, or in person for additional information, resources and help navigating the mental health system.