Mental Health

Mental health is an important part of our overall wellness. As youth, we're all navigating lots of different feelings, emotions, and changes to our bodies, communities, and health. It can be hard to find the right types of support when we're feeling these ways. We live in a culture where it can be hard to tell people how we really feel.  Sometimes, talking with someone else about what we’re dealing with can make us feel a lot better. Here, we've got some resources to connect with services throughout British Columbia. 

The BC Suicide Helpline answers calls 24 hours a day, 7 days per week! You can always call 1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE) if you or someone you care about is thinking about suicide.

A full list of local crisis lines is available at http://www.crisislines.bc.ca/. There is an Aboriginal Crisis Line (KUU-US) which can be reached at 1-800-588-8717.

Mental health isn't just about moments when we are in crisis. If we're feeling stressed, anxious, or moody, or we aren't feeling great about the ways we're using drugs and/or alcohol, we may want to get some mental health resources. One option is the website www.mindcheck.ca. And of course, there's also an app for this, called Mindshift, that is designed to help when we're feeling anxious.

Support is also available at the following places:

  • www.youthinbc.com online chat available from 12pm - 1am every day where we can chat with a peer about what is going on for us
  • Many programs and workshops we have at YouthCO are great places to talk about what is happening in our lives. Check out our events calendar to find out what we have coming up.

We can also call the YouthCO office (604-688-1441) or email info@youthco.org if we'd like a more specific referral.


YouthCO's office is located on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh people. Our programs take place on unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of many Indigenous nations across what is now called BC.

YouthCO believes that all youth have the right to accessible and affirming information about our health. We also know each of us has a unique relationship to our bodies, sex, sexuality, substance use, and harm reduction. For many of us, the words other people use for our bodies and their functions are not the words we use for ourselves. Throughout our website, YouthCO uses words for bodies and sex that we know will not reflect the full diversity of our communities. We have tried to, where possible, be as expansive with our language as we know how to while being as specific as possible. As youth leading the HIV movement, we too are learning about the best words for our experiences and do not do this perfectly. We invite any feedback about the language used on our website to help us move forward in the best ways for all youth in our communities!