Call for culturally-aware crisis support for Indigenous peoples in B.C.
Suicide is the act of intentionally taking your own life. Help is available for you or others, and suicide is not the only option.
What is suicide?
Suicide means a person intentionally takes their own life. Some people who end their lives may not want to do so, but they may feel like suicide is the only option that allows them to escape the immense pain and challenges in their life.
No one should feel like suicide is their only option. Suicide can be prevented. If you are feeling helpless or hopeless, help is available. You do not have to suffer alone.
If someone you know is thinking about suicide, they may withdraw, feel hopeless, or behave in a reckless way. Know what to look for.
If you think that a loved one or someone you care about may be considering suicide, it’s important to ask them directly. Even if you aren’t sure if they are showing warning signs for suicide, it’s still okay to ask – it could save their life. Learn how to ask.
How to find help
If you or someone you know is planning to hurt themselves, thinking about ending their own life, or is experiencing suicidal thoughts or ideas, reach out for help immediately.
There are resources available to help you and others stay safe. These supports are confidential. There are many places to get help. You can feel better.
In an emergency, call 9-1-1, or go to a hospital emergency room.
In a crisis, call 1-800-SUICIDE at 1-800-784-2433 anytime of the day or night.
Call 310-Mental Health at 310-6789 (no area code needed) anytime of the day or night for emotional support or information on mental health resources or services.
Call 1-800-SUICIDE if you are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including thoughts of suicide.
The Crisis Centre is a safe place to turn when there seems to be no hope. This service is available in over 140 languages, just say which language you require and they will try and provide an interpreter. All services are free, confidential and non-judgmental.
Other services offered by the Crisis Centre:
• Mental Health Support Line: 310-6789
• Vancouver Coastal Regional Distress Line: 604-872-3311
• Sunshine Coast/Sea to Sky: 1-866-661-3311
• Seniors Distress Line: 604-872-1234
• Online Chat Service for Youth: www.YouthInBC.com (Noon to 1 am)
• Online Chat Service for Adults: www.CrisisCentreChat.ca (Noon to 1 am)
Provided by the Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of British Columbia.
KUU-US Crisis Line Society is based in Port Alberni but provides support to Indigenous peoples throughout B.C.
Crisis phone operators provide a non-judgmental space for callers to talk and help with problem solving. KUU-US maintains and in-depth referral database and can access whether callers need outreach services.
This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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
Find an Urgent and Primary Care Centre
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.
Find your health authority below to see if an Urgent and Primary Care Centre is available near you. Click on the links to view more information about the services available, hours of operation, and more.