Vancouver Island Crisis Line Available 24/7 For You
Bullying is a hot topic right now and instances like Amanda Todd may people have wondered what could have been done to prevent it.
The Vancouver Island Crisis Line is open 24-7 and is there for those in need of someone to talk to.
“Our message is that there are healthy places to reach out and talk about things that you are struggling with, and hopefully not waiting until it gets to a point that you are so overwhelmed that you don’t know where to turn. Crisis lines are there at anytime for people to reach out and talk through those troubles on a daily basis so you don’t have to let them pile up to that overwhelming stage,” explained VI Crisis Line Community Relations Coordinator Heather Owens.
She said in light of the recent events, it is even more important that the youth of BC know there are people who care and safe places they can turn to for support.
“Our message to youth is that some conversations have to work voice to voice, because we have to hear that compassion in their voice and that caring and the love coming from them. So if you see a message that concerns you, reach out, pick up that phone and make contact, or go see them and make contact, because human contact is really needed at that point,” explained Owens.
She said you can make all the difference in noticing someone is acting different and trying to get them help.
“Let them know they are not alone and find ways to reach out to healthy supports, like the crisis line, or a school councilor or a trusted teacher or somebody in their life that they know they can go to and reach out to,” said Owens.
There are also some indicators to help you spot someone who needs a helping hand.
“Things that make us go, “…hmm that is really unusual behaviors for that person,” whether that is withdrawing from the things they love or the people they hang out with, or perhaps self medicating more than they ever did before with drugs and alcohol, or saying things like, “I don’t want to do this anymore,” or “people would be better off without me,”” explained Owens.
She added that we all have a role to play in being aware of the Signs of Suicide (S.O.S.) and responding when we see them. Some possible signs include;
Owens said there are some simply steps that you can do if you notice any of these S.O.S.
Your Local Vancouver Island Crisis Line number is 1‐888‐494‐3888 and can be found through www.crisislines.bc.ca or through your phone book or by calling the operator. Professional Certified Crisis Workers are available to provide support around bullying, depression, thoughts of suicide and any issue you are facing.
In addition, several Crisis Lines also provide support through online chat services so young people have a web‐based way to reach out. These services can be reached through www.northernyouthonline.ca or www.youthinbc.ca.
1.800.SUICIDE (1.800.784.2433) is a confidential, toll‐free service that is available to anyone, anywhere, any time in BC. Crisis Lines across the province are networked together to share suicide‐related calls on this service and work towards the goal that ‘no call goes unanswered.’
310Mental Health Support (310‐6789) is another 24/7/365, confidential service that provides support and resources for people with mental health questions and concerns.
Remember If you, or someone you care about, needs support relating to bullying, depression, suicide or any other concern … please remember that the staff and volunteers of the Crisis Lines of BC are here for you. You are not alone. Support is just a phone call away.
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