October 10, 2014: World Mental Health Day

On Friday, October 10, 2014 people all across British Columbia – and the world – are celebrating World Mental Health Day. This day is an opportunity for us to learn and talk with others about mental health challenges and to understand that mental illness affects all of us – regardless of our age or background.

World Mental Health Day is also about removing the stigma and discrimination that individuals with mental illness often experience. We need to ensure that those affected by mental health challenges feel supported and empowered to seek the help they need.

If you or someone you know needs some support or help, please refer them to some of these ERASE Bullying mental health resources.

For Parents, Caregivers, Educators

The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids’ Mental Health: www.forcesociety.com/

Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre: keltymentalhealth.ca/

Child & Youth Mental Health (Ministry of Children and Family Development): www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/mental_health/

Canadian Mental Health Association: www.cmha.bc.ca/

Here to Help: www.heretohelp.bc.ca/

For Youth

Mind Check (for youth): www.mindcheck.ca

Youth in BC: youthinbc.com/youth-issues/mental-health/

If you are having thoughts of suicide or of hurting yourself or others, please reach out immediately for help. Call 9-1-1 (or your local police or authority, if you do not have 9-1-1) or go to your nearest hospital emergency room.

If you are being bullied, feeling alone or just need to talk to someone who will listen, please reach out to a trained volunteer or professional:

Resources for Parents

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Resources for Youth

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Thank you for stopping by to check out the ERASE Bullying online reporting tool. This tool is accessible through computers and smart phones, and will allow students, parents or other witnesses to report bullying or other threatening behaviour, anytime and anywhere.

The online reporting tool has just been developed and is in the final stages of testing.

If you need help, please reach out to someone you trust, like a parent, friend or teacher. Or, you can reach out to someone who doesn’t know you for support. There is a list of youth-oriented support lines and websites on this site just for you.