Get the help you need

world suicide prevention daySeptember 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. If you or someone you know needs help, but you don’t know where to turn, we have the resources to get you the help you need. Here's how:

  • Call Information Burlington, a community information & referral service of Burlington Public Library, at 905.639.3611 ext 1212 for personal, confidential assistance.

  • Go online anytime and look under Emergency/Crisis on our online community information resource

Help in the Community

If your situation is a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1.

If you want to talk to somebody about how you're feeling:

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) services

  • COAST (Crisis Outreach and Support Team)
    24/7 COAST Crisis Line: 1.877.825.9011
    COAST is not an emergency response unit - more information

  • FREE walk-in counselling service @St. Christopher’s Anglican Church, 662 Guelph Line
    Tuesdays: 1-7pm (no appointment necessary; first come, first served; ages 16+) - more information

Canada Suicide Prevention Service

  • Telephone support for anyone thinking about or affected by suicide: 1.833.456.4566

Kids Help Phone

  • Text Services: Text “CONNECT” to 686868 (also serving adults)
  • Chat Services, 6pm-2am

Information Resources

Read more about suicide prevention and learn what to do if you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or behaviours.

Related Library Books/Movies & Programs


My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

Teen Suicide by Lorena Huddle and Jay Schleifer

Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws by Kate Bornstein

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

Teach Me to Forget by Erica M. Chapman


Project Semicolon: Your Story Isn't Over by Amy Bleuel

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron

Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide: A Memoir by Darryl "DMC" McDaniels

This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression by Daphne Merkin

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

Bully [DVD] directed by Lee Hirsch

Taking care of your mental health

  • Peer Zone: Dealing with issues that have you feeling sad or anxious? You are not alone. Drop in for peer support from those with lived experience. Facilitated by Canadian Mental Health Association counsellors.
    Wednesdays: Sep 12-26, 9.30am-12.30pm @Brant Hills

  • Meditation for Mental Health: Meditation is a great practice to build mental health. Learn how from a Canadian Mental Health Association counsellor. Drop in.
    Wednesdays: Sep 12-26, 1-2.30pm @Brant Hills

  • Monster Academy: Finding Wellness Through Creativity: Have you ever felt like an outsider, or faced discrimination or stigma? Award-winning author and therapist Kai Cheng Thom shows you how to use creative writing, poetry, and visual arts to explore your inner strength and resilience. Snacks provided. Ages 13-18
    Sat September 22, 2-4pm @Alton

  • When the Going Get Tough: Overcoming life’s hurdles can be hard. Learn how to push through the tough times and become a stronger, more confidant, and positive person. Speaker: Jessica Opoku, founder of Women with Passion and Purpose. Ages 13-18
    Sat October 20, 3-4.30pm @Central