We asked Indigenous youth, educators and mental health workers across Canada to tell us what is needed to support Indigenous youth who are struggling with substance use. Here is what we heard.

This resource was developed by a team of experts, including young people and a Knowledge Keeper, with support from Indspire and the Margaret and Wallace McCain Centre for Child, Youth & Family Mental Health. For more information, contact rivers@indspire.ca.

Resources for immediate support:

  • Connect with a helpline—like the Hope for Wellness Help Line (1-855-242-3310), or use the chat box at www.HopeforWellness.ca to speak with a counsellor online.
  • If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, you are deserving of help. Please explore resources at www.camh.ca/gethelp. If you feel safe in the moment, follow up with your family physician or care team. If you require immediate, in-person emergency care, call 911, or go to your nearest emergency department.

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