Getting Help

Being on your own doesn't mean you have to be alone.

Everybody needs friends and people they can trust. Some people probably help you out in little ways, with a friendly smile or by asking how you are. Others might spend more time with you, helping you with troubles and encouraging you to grow and learn.

Think of the people who help you out. Who are they?

  • Friends
  • Family
  • Current and / or former Foster Family
  • CAS Worker
  • Teachers
  • Boss
  • Doctor
  • Counselor
  • Coach
  • Religious Leader
  • Others

What Do You Need?

When you want to get help, it's really useful to know what you need. Sometimes everything is confusing. Take a bit of time to think about what you need.

  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Someone who will listen
  • Someone who will give advice
  • Information
  • Encouragement
  • Someone to stick up for you
  • Someone to have fun with
  • A chance to blow off some steam
  • Connection with your culture
  • Life Skills
  • Something else

Finding Help

You can try calling one of the phone numbers in this book to find help, and you can check out the phone book for more numbers. You can also ask people you know where to get help. Sometimes it's hard to admit you need help, so you might want to ask someone you trust first. And maybe that person can help you keep looking if you need more help. You can also call the Mental Health Info line at 1-800-875-6213.

Connecting with Culture

Do you see yourself as part of a culture or ethnic group? Would you like to feel more connected to your culture? Here are a few contacts to help you make connections.
or call 211
or call 905-668-7711
or call 1-877-464-9675
or call 1-888-919-7800