Who can help

Finding our way around the mental health system can be confusing and frustrating. Sometimes when we finally do reach out we may be redirected many times before getting the help that we need. Although navigating the system requires patience and determination, in the end, getting the right help can make a significant difference. Turning to a helping professional (counselor, psychologist, etc) at school may be a good first step.

The Centre de Sante et des Services Sociaux (CSSS) in your region can provide you with information on resources and services available. To find the CSSS in your region, click on the following link to access their directory:


Finding support in the community

Availability of support services can vary significantly from one region to another, even from one community to another. Some resources that may be helpful include local community health organizations, community mental health clinics, community-based organizations that support families as self-help groups.


Help Lines


Gai Écoute
Gai Écoute is a Canada-wide bilingual helpline and information centre for people concerned with questions related to sexual orientation and gender identity.  

Call 514-866-0103 or 1-888-505-1010

For more information or online chat support, please visit their website


Suicide Action Montreal (SAM)
SAM offers support services to people with suicidal thoughts, their friends or family, as well as people affected by a suicide, and mental health/intervention workers. You can speak to someone from anywhere in Quebec, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at no cost.

Call 1-866-APPELLE (1 866 277-3553)

Regional Montreal number: 514 723-4000

Administrative number: 514 723-3594  

For more information, please visit their website


Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone is Canada's only free, national, bilingual, confidential and anonymous, 24-hour telephone and online counselling service for kids and teens. Live chat is also available on the website.

Call 1-800-668-6868

For more information, please visit their website


For a list of crisis centers available in your region of Quebec,
please consult this website.




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