What options do I have for support at QMS?
If you or someone you know is in crisis:
Go directly and immediately to a safe adult at the school e.g. school counsellor, school nurse, your House Director or the Assistant House Director, FA or any other adult.
Access one of the crisis services below.
If this is a life threatening emergency Call 911.
KIDS/YOUTH CRISIS HELPLINE & SUPPORT
Do you need crisis support or do you want information about healthy relationships, consent, sexual health and/or bullying? Call 1-800-668-6868 or text 686868.
VANCOUVER ISLAND CRISIS LINE
SUICIDE PREVENTION LINE
Call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
KUU-US ABORIGINAL CRISIS LINE
Call 1 800-588-8717 (24 hours)
Métis specific mental health crisis line available 24/7
YOUTH IN BC CHAT ONLINE
MANDARIN & Cantonese Speaking Support LinesProvides Mandarin and Cantonese-speaking callers with confidential emotional support and referrals to community resources.
MEET WITH A SCHOOL COUNSELLOR
Counselling is safe and confidential and available to all Senior School students at QMS. The School counsellor will meet with you to listen to your concerns, explore your needs and help you find solutions to your struggles; this sometimes may include referrals to the School nurse, other clinical counsellors, doctors or other health care practitioners.
Please book your appointment using our online booking system. You will need to create an account using your QMS email. If you have any questions or difficulty booking please reach out by email or drop by the office.
Alison Bowden: firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE COMMUNITY COUNSELLING
COWICHAN VALLEY YOUTH SERVICES
CVYS provides free counselling and various outreach and support services for youth age 13-18 and their families in the Cowichan Valley. Students can contact CVYS directly to access these free and confidential services.
DUNCAN CHILD AND YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH
Intake Tuesday 9:00am–12:00am, 1:00pm–4:00pm
Address: Suite B 161 4th Street, Duncan
Students can refer themselves or be referred by parents, doctors or other health care providers.
Foundry offers young people ages 12-24 health and wellness resources, services and supports both online and through in person service centres in communities across BC.
Free skill-building program designed to help adults and youth 13+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered online or over the phone with a coach, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness.
PRIVATE PAY COUNSELLING
If you wish to find a private practice counsellor (requires payment of a fee) you can search on the Psychology Today website. You can narrow down your search by setting more filters such as issue/gender/therapy approach etc. Please ask Alison or Sarah if you need help with this process. Students will be responsible for the payment of fees.
BULLYING, ONLINE SAFETY & REPORTING
ERASE BULLYING.CA ONLINE REPORTING TOOL
Are you worried about your own or someone else’s safety and you need to share something but really want it to be anonymous and confidential?
If you don’t feel comfortable speaking directly to someone you can report it anonymously at: erasereportit.gov.bc.ca/
This resource provides information and support regarding digital literacy, cyberbullying and internet safety. Check out the White Hatter App or contact them directly for support if you need help with an internet safety or cyberbullying issue.
SOGI (Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity) RESOURCES
Whether you are part of the LGBTQ2+ community or an ally you can join us for weekly, drop-in discussions on Tuesdays during tutorial/lunch in room 9. Anyone welcome!
A peer support line and resource database for LGBTQ2S youth in BC.
Youth Line offers confidential and non-judgmental peer support for LGBTQ2S+ youth through telephone, text and chat services. Support available Sunday to Friday, 4:00PM to 9:30 PM.