Supporting Black youth: RiseUp powered by Kids Help Phone
Photography credit: Slone McGowan
With a transformational investment from The Slaight Family Foundation and in partnership with the BlackNorth Initiative, Kids Help Phone is proud to launch RiseUp™, Canada’s first national, 24/7, bilingual e-mental health support service for Black youth. We’re working together to help ensure Black youth won’t be left behind.
We are fighting a fight we did not start. All the time.— Black youth contacting Kids Help Phone
The prevalence of anti-Black racism in Canada is staggering. Decades of injustice compounded by recent tragic events are taking a toll on the mental health of young people. Moreover, Black neighbourhoods in Canada are among those hit hardest by COVID-19.
Kids Help Phone hears directly from young people about the impacts of anti-Black racism each and every day.
In collaboration with Black community partners and Black youth, Kids Help Phone will build RiseUp to help effect change for Black young people by challenging stigma and increasing access to confidential wellness support that’s responsible and sensitive to their needs.
Thank you to our Founding Partner, The Slaight Family Foundation — who’s joined by Tangerine Bank and Hydro One — for your leadership and partnership to shift the landscape of mental health in Canada. You can read more about The Slaight Family Foundation’s monumental gift in The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star.
Self-portrait by Daeja Sutherland
When Black youth need life-saving mental health support, they’re met with limited options and inadequate care. You can help fuel needed wellness programs and supports for Black youth from coast to coast to coast. To donate to the cause and explore more ways to get involved, you can connect with Shobi Sivaraj, Kids Help Phone’s Senior Development Officer, at 1 (800) 268-3062 ext. 8345.
If you’re looking for mental health support, you can check out Kids Help Phone’s e-mental health services.
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.
Take a quiz
Find out how much you know about specific topics and get resources to learn more.
Play a game
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.
Share what’s on your mind
Try different tools to express how you’re feeling.
Make a safety plan
Access tools for safety planning and reporting.
Regain calm and relax with these activities.
Try a self-assessment
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.