In a time of crisis, it can be hard to focus and research helpline numbers online. Ideally try to seek and save these numbers in an easy to access place so you can use or share them in a time of need. Hotlines are free and provide access to trained counselors who are trained to talk you through these difficult experiences. Suicide prevention support is often available over the phone or through text. You may experience a wait while being connected with someone but do not let that discourage you – use the time to slow down and breathe.


Public awareness and education are key pillars of CAMH suicide prevention efforts, review this page for tools and resources. You can access suicide crisis and services support here or by calling a crisis helpline. In Canada, Crisis Services has a Suicide Prevention Helpline at 1-833-456-4566 or in the USA call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.​

Ever wondered what happens when you call a suicide crisis hotline? Click here to read an article that walks you through the experience. ​

Words and language matter. Learn how to talk about suicide with hope and respect in order to save lives and ensure suicide is seen for what it is: a public health problem, not a moral weakness. Download the CAMH suicide language guidelines here.

QPR Institute (Online suicide prevention training)

The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviours and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer β€” the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.



Crisis Text Line

24/7 FREE nationwide texting service providing crisis support. Text “HOME” to 686868 in Canada or to 741741 in USA to text with a trained Crisis Responder. Every text connects you to a real-life human trained to move from a hot moment to a cool calm one through active listening and collaborative problem-solving.


Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP)

CASP is a pan-Canadian organization that provides advocacy, communication and education on suicide prevention and life promotion through providing resources, guidance and information. They envision a world in which people enjoy an optimal quality of life, are long living, socially responsible & optimistic about the future.​

Crisis Services Canada

Crisis Line 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645. Crisis Services Canada is a national network of existing distress, crisis and suicide prevention line services

Distress Centres of Greater Toronto

If you are In distress or need emotional support call 416-408-4357 or text 45645. Canada’s oldest volunteer delivered crisis, emotional support and suicide prevention + intervention + postvention service agency provides 24-hour support, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to individuals at risk and at their most vulnerable. ​

Connex Ontario

Mental Health Helpline 1-866-531-2600

​Connex Ontario offers province-wide information and referral services for those experiencing mental health issues, drug or alcohol addiction


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counsellor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7. No matter what problems you are dealing with, they can help you find a reason to keep living.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Call the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-NAMI Or in a crisis, text “NAMI” to 741741.


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