This resource is one sections compiled for resources regarding personal safety. To access the other sections, you can follow our link here, it will take you to the introductory resource on Safety which contains a directory to the other sections.
These topics contain content that may be triggering to some, if you feel that you are in crisis please reach out to one of the following or go here for a list of crisis and helplines available in your area.
For Indigenous Peoples, Hope for Wellness: 1-855-242-3310 Available 24/7
For Trans people of all ages, Trans LifeLine: 1-877-330-6366 Available 24/7
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For people with thoughts of suicide, Suicide Prevention and Support: 1-833-456-4566 Available 24/7
Safety is not limited to our physical well-being; feeling emotionally and mentally safe is just as important as feeling physically safe. There are many things that impact our emotional and mental safety, but psychological abuse is abuse that specifically targets our mental and emotional safety.
Psychological abuse is the methodological destruction of a person’s self-esteem and/or their sense of safety; and often occurs in relationships with power imbalances. Psychological abuse best describes when a person is trying to frighten, control or isolate another person.
It can include, humiliation, criticization, shaming someone, controlling another person, blaming people for things they didn’t do, denying that they have done anything wrong, neglection, and isolating people from those who care about them.
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If someone is making you feel unsafe, remember that it is not your fault and that you are not alone. Please consider reaching out for help.
If you are in crisis, you can reach out to Crisis Services Canada either by calling them 24/7 at 1-833-456-4566 or by text at 45645 from 4pm – 12 am EST