Today is Janurary 25th, Bell Let’s Talk Day in Canada. It’s a day to share support and stories about living with mental illness and the stigma that goes along with it.
I thought that this would be a good opportunity to bring up another great support network that it available for youth here in Canada, Kids Help Phone.
When I was a kid, I only had to worry about the bullies on the school yard. Today, kids are faced with bullies both in person and online. They are expected to grow up fast in a world where they are faced with adult problems on a constant basis.
Whether it is the stresses of daily life, expectations of parents, society and peers, the relentless bombardment of world issues, from Syria, to ISIS, the politics of the US to our own issues here in Canada.
They have been told by society that they are lazy and lack focus, and have it easier than previous generations. That is a lot for a young person to take on, especially if they are also dealing with mental illness or other personal issues.
That’s where Kids Help Phone comes in.
Kids Help Phone started in 1989, and is a free, confidential, bilingual, 24/7/365 Canadian youth counselling service designed as a support and life line to kids and teens who feel that they need help and need someone to talk to.
Staffed by trained counsellors, they offer a non-judgmental ear. They can also offer support to local services in their community, online interactive activities and articles.
We all know that it’s tough growing up, but I think that today’s kids (speaking as a parent of two teenage boys), in many ways have it even tougher than I did. It’s wonderful that days like today and services like Kids Help Phone are there to help our youth when they feel that the weight of the world is just too much.
If you, or someone you know, could use this support, please feel free to share.
I thought that I would look for similiar services for those outside Canada. I found this link for World Help Lines Hotlines and Suicide Lifelines for Kids, Teens and Women (which included KHP as one of its Canadian links). You can click on your country for a list of support contacts, including descriptions, links and phone numbers.
We all know that talking it out is one of the best ways to help us cope when we are going through a crisis.
Never be afraid to reach out and ask for help.
There will always be someone who will listen.
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