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Upcoming Events

Mon 25

Urban Indigenous Youth Book Club

Monday November 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Hamilton
Dec 30

Urban Indigenous Youth Book Club

Monday December 30 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Hamilton
Jan 27

Urban Indigenous Youth Book Club

Monday, January 27, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Hamilton
Feb 24

Urban Indigenous Youth Book Club

Monday, February 24, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Hamilton
Mar 30

Urban Indigenous Youth Book Club

Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Hamilton

Upcoming Programs

Tue 19

Oya:na Fort Erie Registration Deadline

Tuesday November 19 - Wednesday November 20
Jan 06

Oya:na Kitchener/Waterloo Registration Deadline

Monday, January 6, 2020 - Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Jan 06

Oya:na Brantford Registration Deadline

Monday, January 6, 2020 - Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Health is about the whole person, including the mind, body, emotions and spirit. Wellness in Indigenous communities focuses on being in balance and harmony, connecting to nature, family and community. Indigenous youth are especially at risk of suffering from mental health issues and higher suicide rates. 

We want our youth to have the support they need in times of crisis and to know that help is available to them through a number of resources that the communities they live in. 

Do you know the warning signs?

Risk Factors: Any personal trait or environmental quality that could be associated with an increased risk of suicidal behaviour. Risk factors are NOT a cause of suicide.

Examples Include: mental health concerns, depression, non-suicidal self-injury, recent loss of a loved one, family history or suicide, no access to mental health care and/or mental health stigma, adverse life experiences.

Indigenous youth may have other risk factors due to years of colonization, residential schools, child welfare programs, intergenerational trauma, high suicide rates in Indigenous communities, substance abuse and family violence.

Warning Sign: A warning sign is an indication that an individual may be experiencing depression or thoughts of suicide.

Common warning signs of depression: decreased interest in usual activities, withdrawal from friends and family, increased substance abuse, changes in eating and/or sleeping habits, anxiety, risky or manipulative behaviour, mood swings.

Critical warning signs: Seek IMMEDIATE help if someone you know is:

  • expressing a desire to die or saying they are going to kill themselves
  • saying goodbye and/or giving away possessions with no explanation
  • actively seeking lethal means such as guns, pills, knives, etc.
  • talking, posting and/or writing about death and the desire to die on social media or through texts

Fort Erie / Port Colborne

Fort Erie/ Port Colborne

905-734-1212

Fort Erie and Area

905-382-0689

Path stones Mental Health

24/7, 365 days a year crisis workers available
1-800-263-4944

COAST

If someone is in need of immediate attention they can call
1-866-550-5205

Hamilton

COAST

(Crisis Outreach And Support Team)

905-972-8338 (24hrs)

Kids Help Phone

1-800-668-6868

Suicide Crisis Line

905-522-1477

Brantford

Following are three crisis lines, two of which are local and one is Canada wide text support which may be a preferred option.

Six Nations Crisis Services

24 hours/7 days a week

1-866-445-2204

St. Leonards Mental Health Crisis Line

24 hours/7 days a week

519-759-7188

1-866-811-7188

Crisis Text Line

24 hours/7 days a week

Text messaging: text TALK to 686868 to reach a crisis responder on any text/SMS enabled cell phone

St. Catharines

Coast Niagara

Crisis Outreach & Support Team

Crisis Line (24 Hours)
1-866-550-5205

coastniagara.ca

Distress Centre Niagara

24-hour distress line

St. Catharines / Niagara Falls
905-688-3711

Port Colborne / Wainfleet
905-734-1212

Fort Erie
905-382-0689

Grimsby / West Lincoln
905-563-6674

Pathstone Mental Health

Telephone counselling and crisis services for youth

1-800-263-4944

Mental Health & Addictions Access Line

Connect with mental health and/or addictions support

1-866-550-5205

Kids Help Phone

24-hour help for ages five to 20

1-800-668-6868

kidshelpphone.ca

Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre

24-hour, 16 & up

905-682-4584

niagarasexualassaultcentre.com

Kitchener-Waterloo

Youth Helpline

519-745-9909

Crisis Services of Waterloo Region

519-744-1813 

Distress Line (supportive listening) – KW

519-745-1166

Distress Line (supportive listening) – Cambridge

519-658-6805