At times, we all feel stressed, depressed, sad, and angry – it is a normal part of life! But sometimes these feelings don’t leave. When this happens, it can affect our lives – our school work, family, friendships, and relationships. When we feel this way we may not enjoy things we used to do – like sports, video games and hanging out with friends. Sometimes, things can feel so bad that we think about hurting our bodies or taking our own life.
Building a circle of people around you who care about you and respect you is important to staying mentally healthy. These should be people you can talk to if you or one of your friends have been feeling stressed, depressed or angry and just can’t seem to shake it. These people might include a close family member, school counsellor, teacher, social worker, youth worker or community counsellor.
If you or a friend has been having thoughts of hurting yourself or suicide it is important that you get help right away. Don’t be afraid to talk to a friend if you are feeling suicidal – talking can help you or your friend to feel better. It also gives you or your friend a chance to get help.
If you can’t find someone you trust to talk to, you can try the following websites and phone numbers to get help. Both lines are free and anonymous – the person on the other end of the telephone will not know who you are or where you are calling from.
Kamatsiaqtut Help Line – 867-979-3333 or 1-800-265-3333
Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868