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How do I find support?

 

If you or someone you know is experiencing maltreatment in sport, reaching out for support can be an important part of healing. The resources below may be helpful in finding that support.

Please note that these are not organizations that can handle complaints about maltreatment in sport - they are there to support people who may be affected by it or other issues in their lives.

 

Suicide Prevention

  • Canada Suicide Prevention Service - 24/7/365, in French and English. Call 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645 (4 p.m. - midnight Eastern Time, standard messaging rates apply)
  • Crisis Centre BC - 24/7 support in over 140 languages using a language service. Call 310-6789 or 1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE), or one of the regional support lines listed on their website.

Children and Youth

  • Kids Help Phone - 24/7 free support for children and youth across Canada by phone (1-800-668-6868), online chat, text (text CONNECT to 686868), or Facebook Messenger (account name Kids Help Phone). If you identify as Indigenous, you can ask to be connected with a First Nations, Inuk or Métis crisis responder (if one's available) by messaging FIRST NATIONS, INUIT, or METIS to 686868 or through Facebook Messenger.
  • B.C. Helpline for Children – a confidential toll-free phone line for children and youth wanting to talk to someone – is 310-1234 (no area code required).
  • The Foundry - Health and wellness resources, services, and supports for people aged 12 to 24, online and through integrated service centres in communities around B.C.

Adults and Seniors

  • Mental Health Support Line - 310-6789 (no area code) to connect to your local B.C. crisis line without a wait or a busy signal, 24 hours a day. Crisis line workers are there to listen and support you as well as refer you to community services.
  • Crisis Centre Chat - visit https://crisiscentrechat.ca/ to chat online with a crisis responder, from noon to 1 a.m. every day.
  • Seniors' Distress Line - 604-872-1234, 24/7

Survivors of crime

VictimLinkBC – a toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone and online service available across B.C. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week which provides information and referral services to all victims of crime and immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence.

Culturally-aware support for racialized communities

  • Resilience BC –  Anti-Racism Network provides information about how to report incidences of racism and hate crimes if you are a victim or witness such incidences.
  • KUU-US Crisis Response Service - 1-800-588-8717 for crisis support for Indigenous people in B.C.
  • Kids Help Phone - 24/7 free support for children and youth across Canada by phone (1-800-668-6868), online chat, text (text CONNECT to 686868), or Facebook Messenger (account name Kids Help Phone). If you identify as Indigenous, you can ask to be connected with a First Nations, Inuk or Métis crisis responder (if one's available) by messaging FIRST NATIONS, INUIT, or METIS to 686868 or through Facebook Messenger.

LGBTQI2S

  • Trans Lifeline Canada - Peer support, run by and for trans people, offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis. 1-877-330-6366
  • Qmunity - B.C.'s queer, trans, and two-spirit resource centre