Crisis Services Canada – Suicide Prevention and Support
- Call 1.833.456.4566 (24/7)
- Text 45645 (4pm – 12am EST)
- Crisis Services Canada (CSC) is a collaboration of distress and crisis centres from across Canada, offering Canada’s first nationally available, regionally delivered suicide prevention service. Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS) is available to anyone thinking about or affected by suicide.
BC Crisis Line
- Members of the Crisis Line Association of BC (CLABC) have provided emotional support, crisis and suicide assessment/intervention and resource information to people at the community level for more than 40 years.
East Kootenay Crisis Line
- 888.353.2273 (24/7)
- Crisis Line volunteers are available to listen, help problem solve, and help make connections to community resources in the East Kootenay region. Serving the entire east Kootenay region from Golden to the Alberta & USA borders.
- 877.330.6366 (Canada)
- Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education. Our vision is to fight the epidemic of trans suicide and improve overall life-outcomes of trans people by facilitating justice-oriented, collective community aid.
YOUTH SUPPORT & RESOURCES
Kids Help Phone
- Kids Help Phone is always there for you. No matter what you want to talk about, we’re here to listen. No judgment, totally private, 24/7.
LGBT Youth Line
- LGBT Youth Line is in Ontario but has many links and resources for LGBT youth in Canada.
It Gets Better
- The It Gets Better Project inspires people across the globe to share their stories and remind the next generation of LGBTQ+ youth that hope is out there, and it will get better.
- We encourage and welcome all youth to chat in, no matter what your background, religion, race, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, lifestyle or culture. We are always working towards being a LGBTQ+ affirming and welcoming space by constantly learning and unlearning harmful normalized ideas of gender and sexuality.
The Sex You Want
- Getting from here to there looks different for everyone. The site has lots of information to help you figure out how to have the sex you want, and to help you and your partners think through the decisions that can impact your health.
- Autostraddle’s girl-on-girl culture is rooted in basic social values and ideals – we want women to feel good about themselves, we want equality and visibility for all marginalized groups and ultimately, we’d like to change the world. We seek to be a fresh, energizing voice for lesbian, bisexual and queer women, one that takes the reader seriously and encourages intelligent discourse, one that entertains with funny, uncensored and brutally honest conversation and content.
TRUTH – Trans Youth
- TRUTH is a youth-led program for trans and gender nonconforming young people to build public understanding, empathy, and a movement for liberation through storytelling and media organizing.
East Kootenay Addiction Services
- ekass.com | 1.800.644.6144 or 250.423.4423
- East Kootenay Addiction Services Society provides free and confidential counselling to youth, adults, couples and families dealing with difficulties from their own or someone else’s substance use. In addition, we provide referrals to approved residential treatment and detox facilities, school-based educational programs, community education, outreach, harm reduction programs and our youth Teen Empowerment and Mastery Program (TEAM). Contact Kelsey at email@example.com.
Fernie Opt Clinic
- Options for Sexual Health (Fernie) website | (250) 423-8274
- Our clinics provide sexual and reproductive health services for all ages, all genders, and all orientations. Our clinicians are committed to providing you with confidential, nonjudgmental, youth-friendly, pro-choice, and sex-positive services.
Fernie Women’s Resource Centre
- ferniewomenscentre.com | 1 (800) 339-7393 or (250) 423-4687
- Since 1979 the Fernie Women’s Centre has been serving the communities of the Elk Valley, which include Fernie, Sparwood, Elkford and the South Country. Our aim is to raise the status of women, act as a referral and drop-in centre, offer support to women and their families, and to inform and educate the public around issues concerning women.
- 250.423.2131 – Fernie
- 250.425.2529 – Sparwood
Christ Church Anglican
- Minister Andrea Brennan
- 591 4th Ave Fernie, BC
- We are a community of welcome and life. Our Mission is simple – to love and serve God and our neighbours as deeply as God loves and cares for us. Come as you are – all are welcome!
Knox United Church
- Minister Andrea Brennan
- 201 2nd Ave Fernie, BC
- United Church of Canada clergy are able to officiate marriages at the church or anywhere in the Elk Valley without discrimination based on gender and sexual identity. Open to the Spirit, love and justice, united in our diversity we live our faith serving each other and the wider community.
LOCAL COUNSELLING SERVICES
Alpine Pathways Psychological Services – Fernie
- Tyla Charbonneau – Registered Psychologist
Crowsnest Counselling Services – Crowsnest Pass
- David Combden – Registered Psychologist
- ankorsvolunteer.com | (250) 426-3383
- ANKORS’ mission is to respond to the evolving needs of those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and other blood-borne pathogens; and to foster healthy, informed communities.
- calgaryoutlink.ca | (403) 234-8973
- Calgary Outlink is an LGBTQ community hub providing peer support, information, and resources to LGBTQ community of Calgary and southern Alberta. Outlink includes resources for local chapters of PFLAG and transgender support groups.
- Living Positive website | (778) 753-5830
- Having started as an HIV/AIDS service organization in 1992, we have since expanded our mandate to serve individuals in the Central Okanagan living with and/or at risk of HIV, Hepatitis C, and other STBBIs experiencing concerns relating to housing, income, nutrition, health care, addictions and mental health.
Outlet | Pridenet
- Pridenet Youth Contacts (PDF) | (250) 421-3172 (ask for Lina)
- A place for young gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, two-spirited, and questioning youth to get answers in a safe and completely confidential environment. You can find the support you need and meet people just like you. You don’t have to be out to be heard.
BC Crisis Line (toll-free)
Men’s Health Initiative
- menshealthinbc.com | (778)753-5830 (ext 105)
- The Men’s Health Initiative is dedicated to the healthcare needs and concerns of gay, bi, and other non-self-identified men who have sex with men.
- 1-800-566-1170 toll-free in BC or 604-684-6869 in the Lower Mainland
- Peer support, information and referrals for anyone in BC
- Available weeknights (Monday to Friday) from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
QMUNITY: BC’s Queer Resource Centre
- qmunity.caor | (604) 684-5307
- Facebook and Twitter: Qmunity
- Information, education, support groups, advocacy and referrals for lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and questioning youth, adults and older adults and allies.
Trans Care BC
- Trans Care BC website | 1 (866) 999-1514
- Trans Care BC aims to enhance the coordination of trans health services and supports across the province, bringing gender-affirming care closer to home wherever possible.NOTE: Trans Care BC has great connectivity groups in both Cranbrook and Nelson. Contact the Fernie Pride Society for more information.
- The Canadian Rainbow Health Coalition/Coalition santé arc-en-ciel Canada (CRHC / CSAC) is a national organization whose objective is to address the various health and wellness issues that people who have sexual and emotional relationships with people of the same gender, or a gender identity that does not conform to the identity assigned to them at birth, encounter.
- Facebook: PFLAG CANADA
- Information and support for parents, families, friends, co-workers and others. PFLAG chapters are located across BC and Canada. Find contact information on the PFLAG Canada website.
Seniors Pride Network
- The Senior Pride Network is committed to promoting appropriate services and a positive, caring environment for older lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people in Toronto and throughout Canada.
Trans Lifeline: Transgender Suicide Hotline
- Trans Lifeline is exclusively for transgender people and staffed entirely by transgender operators. With nearly 60 volunteers working worldwide across many time zones and 350 more signed up for training, it’s the first helpline with this level of specificity.
- A forum website for transgendered people in Canada.
- LGBTQ+ Comprehensive Health & Well-being Guide
- The world has changed a lot in the last few years for lesbian, gay, transgender and questioning individuals, for the better in a lot of ways. Yet, significant challenges remain in the quest for equality and its effects on well-being. Sexual and gender minorities face legal discrimination in many areas, and the battle for equality is far from over. The U.S. attorney general has worked to roll back legal protections, for example, and the president has announced a ban on transgender individuals in the military.
Elk Valley Pride Festival
Cranbrook Pride Society
- cranbrookpride.ca | (250) 581-0055
Lethbridge Pride Fest