Mental Health

What do I do if I have the winter blues?

As the temperatures gets colder and the days get shorter, it’s common for people to lose energy. You may be struggling to get your tasks done and experience changes in your eating and sleeping habits.

If you’re not used to living in a cold climate, the winter can be especially hard to get through.

Why is this happening to me?

Your body has an internal clock, called your circadian rhythm, which depends on light to tell it when to sleep. During the winter, your circadian rhythm may get offbeat because there’s less sunlight, making you feel drowsy during the day.

Where can I get mental health help?

Finding mental health help can be hard if you are young, mostly because youth-friendly mental health services are hard to find. First, figure out what kind of help you need, then try to find a way to get it.

What kind of help do I need?

Depending on what kind of things you are experiencing, you will need different kinds of help. Depression is treated differently than anxiety, for example. It's important to find treatment that works for you. Here are some forms of treatment for mental health issues:

How Kids Help Phone Can Help You

Moving to a new country can often feel scary, lonely and downright stressful—and having someone to talk to can make all the difference. If you have a problem or you’re just feeling alone, Kids Help Phone is there for you.

Whether you’re dealing with something big, like suicidal thoughts, or something smaller, like a fight you’re having with your parents, you can call or go online any time of the day or night to talk to a professional counsellor about it. It’s free, it’s confidential, and it’s a great way to cope with whatever’s bothering you.

Where Can I Find LGBTQQ Mental Health Help?

Many Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQQ ) youth experience mental and emotional distress because of:

  • Homophobia, discrimination and/or violence
  • Pressure to come out to family and friends
  • Rejection and alienation because of their gender or sexual orientation

If you are a transgender youth, the transition itself can cause emotional and mental distress. If you are bisexual, you might feel pressure to identify as either straight or gay.

Let's talk about suicide

The most common preventable way teenagers die in Canada is in car accidents. The second most common way? You guessed it—suicide.

But there is so much stigma around suicide that people are afraid to talk about it. And that’s too bad, because the more we don't talk about suicide, the more alone people who are having suicidal thoughts feel, and the less likely they are to ask for help

What are Anxiety and Depression?

Young newcomers experience lots of mental health challenges. Many young newcomers have anxiety or depression. This is because moving to a new place, adjusting to a new culture, language problems, racial discrimination, and stress from home can be hard to deal with.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is when you start worrying about things more than usual. You can tell if you are anxious if: