Katie’s Story: How you’re helping kids find self-acceptance
“Living with an anxiety disorder is hard. Living with an anxiety disorder that most people have never heard of is even harder.”
My struggles with skin picking (excoriation disorder or dermatillomania) used to make me feel ashamed and disgusted with myself. I couldn’t stop touching, picking or scratching at my skin, especially when I get stressed or anxious. I felt so uncomfortable that I avoided looking in mirrors. I hated to see myself.
Finding a friend dealing with the same thing was a major turning point for me. She made me feel heard, and understood. While I’m still anxious and pick at my skin occasionally, I’ve come a long way.
Having someone to talk to about what I was experiencing changed my life. That’s why I believe so strongly in the importance of Kids Help Phone: we all deserve to have someone hear us and empathize with our struggles.
Will you make sure young people like me always have someone to talk to? No matter what time of day, there’s always a listening ear available by Live Chat, text or phone. Thank you for easing the pain that no one else sees.
– Katie, National Youth Council member
Your support reminds young people they are not alone and that help is always available!
Get information about how your thoughts, feelings and behaviours are connected and what you can do to care for your well-being. Learning about mental health can help empower you with the language to communicate how you’re feeling.
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Practise with tools, tips and resources to help build your skills and improve your wellness in the way that feels best for you. Learn how to identify your strengths, communicate thoughts and feelings, overcome obstacles and connect with support.
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Reduce stress and have fun at the same time.
Map out your support network
Identify who and where your community is to get help when you need it.
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Try different tools to express how you’re feeling.
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Regain calm and relax with these activities.
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Identify how you’re feeling and find resources to support you right now.
Explore lived experiences from other young people across Canada. Learn from real-life youth stories, gain new ideas and ask questions to connect and inspire your own wellness journey.
If you need help right now, you can talk to a trained volunteer crisis responder about anything you're going through. No issue is too big or too small.
Connect with a professional counsellor to better understand what you're going through and help take a step in the direction you want to go.