Continued supports for First Nations youth leaving care

First Nations youth and young adults who are leaving care or have left care can access this free portal any time.

No matter where someone lives, or what they’re experiencing, they deserve support for their unique needs.

Kids Help Phone is deeply committed to sharing continued supports for First Nations youth who are leaving care and young adults who have already left care (sometimes called post-majority support services).

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Learn about Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone’s free, 24/7, confidential e-mental health support services offer young people across Canada a non-judgmental space to Feel Out Loud and navigate their emotions through phone, text and online resources in English, French and some additional languages.

Designed and delivered by First Nations, Inuit and Métis people under the leadership of an Indigenous Advisory Council, Kids Help Phone offers dedicated Indigenous programming to First Nations youth from coast to coast to coast.

Discover related programs, initiatives and more at Kids Help Phone:

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Search a virtual resource directory

First Nations youth can search contact information for support programs and services across Canada on Resources Around Me. This directory is also searchable by First Nations community, language, type of program or service needed and more, and includes supports for leaving care, wellness and community supports, legal and advocacy supports, etc.

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Connect for mental health and wellness support

Professional counselling

The professional counsellors at Kids Help Phone recognize the strengths of young people by helping them find ways to manage their own challenges. Counselling is also available over the phone in Plains Cree, Severn Ojibwe or French with the help of trained interpreters from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

Call 1-800-668-6868 and press 3

Volunteer crisis texting

The trained, volunteer crisis responders at Kids Help Phone can help people identify coping strategies and reflect on sources of strength and community in their lives through text. First Nations youth and adults can also text and ask to connect with a First Nations volunteer crisis responder (if one’s available).

Text FIRSTNATIONS to 686868 (youth)

Text FIRSTNATIONS to 741741 (adults)

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Self-guided online resources

Young people in Canada can tap on the wellness programs, services and resources on this portal independently (or together with someone they trust) to learn about mental health, build their skills, find stories of lived experience and more whenever they’re ready.

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