Call for culturally-aware crisis support for Indigenous peoples in B.C.
Sometimes, people may hurt themselves purposefully to cope with negative feelings and thoughts. This is called self-harm.
Often, people try to keep themselves as safe as possible, and avoid pain or hurt. But sometimes, a person may self-harm (or hurt themselves on purpose) as a way to deal with difficult feelings, thoughts or trauma they are experiencing.
Self-harm is not a mental illness and does not mean that someone is developing a mental illness.
A person who self-harms does not hurt themselves to try to end their life. They may be experiencing high levels of distress and feel like it is the only way to temporarily relieve the feelings of hurt, overwhelm, and sadness that they may be feeling. However, there is significant risk involved with self-harming behaviour. Someone may hurt themselves more than they intended.
People at any stage of life may self-harm. Youth may self-injure to cope with intense emotions, peer pressure, or social challenges. Learn more about youth and self-injury. Self-harm can also be more common for people experiencing a mental illness or are coping with trauma.
If you are thinking of harming yourself or are at risk due to injuries from self-harming, it is very important to reach out and speak to a friend or loved one. If you are a parent or caregiver who has found out that a child or youth is self-injuring, reach out and have a conversation.
Self-harm can cause serious injury or become a habit that a person may do often and can be challenging to stop.
There are available resources that can help to keep you safe, like counselling and self-help. A medical professional, like a doctor, can support you to find the right treatment path for you.
If you are concerned about your self-injury or someone else self-injuring, reach out to a mental health professional for non-judgmental support. There is help available.
If you need immediate help, call 9-1-1, or go to a hospital emergency room. If you have questions about medical attention, call 8-1-1 and talk to a registered nurse.
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310Mental Health Support
Call 310-6789 (no area code needed) for immediate emotional support, information and mental health resources.
Emotional support, information and resources specific to mental health in British Columbia.
If you need support with your mental health, call to find help immediately.
The service is confidential, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is toll-free anywhere in British Columbia (no need to dial an area code), provided by the Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of British Columbia.
Urgent and Primary Care Centres (UPCCs) provide access to same-day, urgent, non-emergency health care.
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Urgent and Primary Care Centres are available in many communities across British Columbia as part of the Province’s Primary Care Strategy. UPCCs are regularly being launched across the province. Keep checking this page for more updates.
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