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Feeling Distressed

If you’re feeling distressed, support is available. You are not alone. Browse the resources below, including 24/7 phonelines, urgent medical care, emergency financial support, and more.

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Call 9-1-1 in emergency situations such as life threatening situations or crimes that are in progress. This line directs you to police, fire or ambulance services.


9-8-8 Suicide Crisis Helpline

If you are feeling like you have lost hope and are struggling to cope, if you are dealing with thoughts of suicide, or if you are worried about someone else, 9-8-8 is here for you. When you reach out, a trained responder will listen without judgement, provide support and understanding, and can tell you about resources that will help.

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Assaulted Women’s Helpline

The Assaulted Women's Helpline offers a 24-hour telephone and TTY crisis line to all women who have experienced abuse. They provide counselling, emotional support, information and referrals. They recognize abuse as one example of women's social, political and economic inequality in the world.

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Campus Safety Services

Campus Safety Services is responsible for the protection of persons and property within the McMaster community.

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Emergency Financial Support

Emergency financial support through the Office of the Registrar.

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Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC)

Get free counselling and information on sexual violence from a sexual assault centre in Ontario.

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Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence (SA/DV) Treatment Centres

A network of 37 locations across Ontario serving survivors of sexual, domestic and dating violence.

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Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton and Area) (SACHA)

SACHA pro­vides sup­ports to peo­ple of all genders, age 16 and up, who have expe­ri­enced sex­u­al­ized vio­lence at any point in their lives. Support services include counselling, sex-trafficking survivor counselling, 24-hour support line, and diverse communities outreach.

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Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence (SA/DV) Care Centre

The SA/DV Care Centre provides compassionate, confidential health care for children, adolescents, women, transgender persons, and men who have experienced sexual assault and/or domestic violence within the last 12 days.

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Talk4Healing is a culturally grounded, fully confidential helpline for Indigenous women available in 14 languages all across Ontario.

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Trans Lifeline

Trans Lifeline is a grassroots, peer-support crisis hotline offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis - for the trans community, by the trans community.

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