I don't feel safe. Who can I talk to?

Kids Help Phone, 1-800-668-6868, free, confidential, 24 hours

If you go to school in Toronto you can call the School Safety Line at 416-395-7233 to leave an anonymous message to report threats, violence, sexual harassment, bullying or anything else that is worrying you. Messages are checked regularly during the school day and nobody will know it was you unless you want them to.

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Ministry of the Attorney General
The Office of the Children's Lawyer delivers programs in the administration of justice on behalf of children under the age of 18.

Courtprep
Site to help youth prepare for court.

Ministry of Children and Youth Services - Youth Justice Services
The Ministry of Children and Youth Services provides youth justice services to young people.

Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth
Ontario's child advocate represents children and youth who are seeking or receiving services under the Child and Family Services Act.

African Canadian Youth Justice Program
An innovative new program aimed at helping youth in conflict with the law, launched by the African Canadian Legal Clinic with support from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

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Can you direct me to violence prevention and recovery programs?

Kids Help Phone, 1800 668 6868, free, confidential, 24 hours

Ontario Women's Directorate
A teen-friendly guide on preventing sexual violence.

Ontario Women's Directorate - Youth Zone
Ontario Women's Directory Site dealing with violence and abuse issues for young women.

Violence Intervention Project
The Violence Intervention Project is a violence prevention program that engages and mobilizes youth to address school and community safety.

The Fourth R
The Fourth R is a comprehensive, school-based program that stresses the importance of healthy relationships.

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Is there a solution to bullying?

Ministry of Education - Registry of Bullying Prevention Programs
Registry of bully prevention programs.

Violence Intervention Project
This site offers programs for many different aspects relating to violence. Program topics cover Gang prevention among other things.

Imagine...A School Without Bullying (Region of Waterloo Public Health
”Imagine...A School Without Bullying" provides a framework to create a safe, positive learning environment for children by taking a comprehensive school-wide approach to bullying intervention and prevention.

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I'm concerned about guns and gangs in Toronto. Is anyone working on this issue?

Peace Project
Public Education and Crime Eradication (PEACE) initiative is designed specifically to address gun and gang problems in the Greater Toronto Area.

Ontario Gang Investigators Association (ONGIA)
Ontario Gang Investigators Association

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Are there any anti-violence programs specifically for Aboriginal communities?

AYN Health Centre
Abuse issues aimed at aboriginal youth.

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Is there any information on protecting yourself from scams?

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
Information on scams targeting youth.

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Any tips for internet safety?

Internet101.ca
Staying safe on the internet

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Any sites that deal with a variety of youth issues?

Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone provides information on helping yourself, helping someone else and information on a wide range of topics.

MindYourMind.ca
Get info, resources and the tools to help you manage stress, crisis and mental health problems.

Equality Rules
This site promotes healthy relationships between teens and with adults.

Soul 2 Soul
Help for dealing with the loss of a friend or family member, from Bereaved Families of Ontario.

ArtReach Toronto
Here you'll find help for youth art projects -- in under-served areas of Toronto.

Child and Family Service Advocacy
Find out about the Office of Child and Family Service Advocacy -- who it serves, what it does.

Friendship Link
Support for youth and young adults who are receiving services from a children's aid society, or have been in the past.

Ministry of Children and Youth Services - Child Protection Services in Ontario

Child protection services provided by local Children's Aid Societies.

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Community Health Centres provide health programs, covering everything from domestic violence prevention to programs for teenage mothers.

DOOR 2 Adulthood
Disability Ontario Online Resource opens the DOOR 2 Adulthood and helps you get ideas for leading your own life

Tropicana Community Services
Tropicana Community Services is a not-for-profit organization providing culturally appropriate social services in east Toronto, focusing on the needs of youth, and the Caribbean and Black communities.

Tiny Giant
Site where young people from all backgrounds get involved with multiple projects and programs dealing with key issues.

Ministry of Children and Youth Services - Integrated Services for Northern Children
The Integrated Services for Northern Children program provides a multitude of health, mental health and education services to children and youth living in rural and remote areas across northern Ontario.

YouthCanada
Government of Canada site for teens.

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Any Aboriginal-specific sites dealing with youth issues?

Aboriginal Canada Portal
Information for aboriginal youth on education, employment, recreation, culture, health and social services and Aboriginal youth councils, organizations and associations.

Wasa-Nabin – Ministry of Children and Youth Services
Wasa-Nabin means "to look forward, to look beyond" in Ojibway. If you're an Aboriginal youth 12 to 18, this program is for you. Wasa-Nabin promotes healthy development in ways that respect cultural  backgrounds and traditions.

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Where can homeless youth get help?

Covenant House
Covenant House provides services to homeless, runaway and street-involved youth regardless of race, colour, creed or sexual orientation.

Homelessness Helplines - Ministry of Community and Social Services
Homelessness helplines for communities across Ontario.

Durham Youth Housing and Support
Help for homeless youth in Durham Region.

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I have suicidal thoughts. Where can I get help?

Call the Kids Help Phone
1 800 668 6868, free, confidential, 24 hours.

Ontario Crisis Centres -- Find help where you live.

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Where can I learn more about sex and sexuality?

Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line
A service provided for youth, by youth for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, two-spirited and questioning youth in Ontario.

Sexuality and U
A website devoted to sexuality education and information.

Canada Health Portal: Youth/Sexuality
Resources for youth on a range of topics on sexuality including pregnancy, sexual orientation, practising safer sex and sexually transmitted infections.

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Can someone help with addiction?

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care - Addictions
Services are available to help deal with an alcohol, drug or gambling addiction.

Toronto - Community Investment Drug Prevention
List of resources in the Toronto area that provide youth programming around drug prevention.

What's With Weed.ca
What's With Weed -- AND YOU? This site is for users and concerned friends of users.

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What about help with eating disorders?

Healthy Ontario
Spotlights importance of healthy eating and active living.

Sheena's Place
Sheena's Place is a registered charity offering hope and support services at no cost to people affected by eating disorders and their families.

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Can anybody help me deal with my friend or family's death?

soul2soul.ca
offers counseling, support groups and an interactive website to help connect with other youth who have lost a loved one.

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I'm being bullied. What can I do?

This part of the Kids Help Phone site offers help and support for victims of bullying. There are also tips for helping your friends if they're being bullied.

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