Sasha’s story

The courage to reach out for help

When a young person is thinking about suicide, it takes courage for them to reach out for help. Though we may not know what has led to a low moment, we know they’ll find the non-judgmental support they need — and that’s all thanks to you.

Teenager in hood leaning against wallWhen she reached out for help, 14-year-old Sasha* said that on a scale of 1 to 10 — 10 being suicidal — she felt like she was at an 8. Sasha explained to Counsellor Yvonne via Live Chat how she’d endured her mom’s verbal abuse for so long. Now, it had escalated to physical abuse. Over nearly two hours, Yvonne listened as Sasha worked through her feelings: she loved her mom, but she knew she didn’t deserve to be treated this way.

Together, Yvonne and Sasha came up with an action plan that kept her safe and gave her hope. They talked about coping tools — like walking her dog or calling Kids Help Phone. And, Yvonne shared information about contacting Children’s Aid Society, if Sasha chose to take that step. By the end, Sasha said she felt more like a 4 on the 1-10 scale.

It takes so much courage for a young person to ask for help. And you can make sure a caring counsellor is there when they do.

* This is the true story of a young person. Their name and the identifying details of their story have been changed for anonymity and confidentiality.

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