Mental health resources for current issues, news & events

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From Alert, Nunavut to Beaver Creek, Yukon to Pelee, Ontario to St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, there are people facing challenges and opportunities on a global, Canada-wide and community scale. Here, Kids Help Phone would like to share mental health resources, tools and info with you related to current issues, news and events so you can explore them on your own or with someone you trust.


In 2020 & 2021, around 6% of our service users reported media / current events as a main source of distress.

You can scroll through the topics listed below and tap on the mental health resources you’re interested in / that are relevant to you at any time. We’ll update this space on occasion (noting it isn’t monitored 24/7) to share more info, tips and tools about current issues, news and events that may be influencing the well-being of folks from coast to coast to coast. And just because a topic isn’t listed here, doesn’t mean it’s not happening / affecting your mental health. Our aim is that these resources may help you learn, reflect, support yourself and find hope for this minute, this hour, this day, this week, this month and beyond.

We also want to acknowledge that people and the things they experience are more than just the “topics” listed here. We’re all human beings doing our best to navigate our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health when dealing with current issues. We’ve also tried to include resources for kids, teens, young adults, parents / caregivers and anyone else who comes here, so there can be something for everyone. You can always choose to use the resources you think will be most helpful to you.

We want to let you know that this page contains content, topics and links to resources some folks may find upsetting. If you’d like to talk about how you’re feeling, or explore this page with someone you can trust, you can connect with Kids Help Phone for support.

You can tap on the resources below to explore supports for current issues, news and events.

I tend to stay away from social media and the news. But it sometimes sneaks in. Hearing about bad stuff going on elsewhere makes me feel horrible. It makes me feel useless and sad because I can’t do anything about it.

— young person contacting Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone’s professional counsellors and trained, volunteer crisis responders know there’s a lot going on in the world that may be affecting how we’re all feeling. If you’re searching for support right now, you can connect with them 24/7 or check out our other e-mental health services. And if you or someone you know is in immediate danger / needs help with a safety plan, you can contact 911, the emergency services in your area or mobile crisis support (if it’s available near you) right away.

Current issues, news and events in the world can affect everyone in different ways, and even in ways we don’t expect. Accessing mental health resources and community supports may be a way to take care of yourself if things are taking a toll on your well-being. If you’d like to talk to someone about what’s on your mind, you can always connect with Kids Help Phone. We’re available 24/7 to support you and help you find hope along your wellness journey.