Resources to use before running away
Right now, you’re thinking of running away. You’re in a situation of conflict. Your problems seem impossible to solve. If you need to talk about it and find a solution, help is available. Here are some resources with plenty of information on their websites, and they can help if you call them. Sometimes you can even chat or contact them by text or email.
To talk with someone and find solutions:
To talk about sexual or gender diversity:
To talk to a street worker who can support you and guide you to the right services:
Les travailleurs de rue du Québec: Visit their site. You can find someone near your home by entering your postal code. These contact people are found in most regions of Quebec and can often travel to meet you. They are well aware of all the services available in your area.
For services adapted to Indigenous people:
To talk to a nurse about a health problem or a youth worker about a personal problem:
Info-Santé or Info-Social: Call 811.
To find other organizations that can address all sorts of needs:
To receive services from the Director of Youth Protection because your situation doesn’t ensure your safety and development:
Resources to use while you’re a runaway
Are you a runaway? Finding a safe place to sleep, eat, get dressed and wash yourself is important. You thought through all your options and don’t feel safe at a friend’s or family member’s house? There are community organizations and people who can help. You can contact them to discuss your options together.
For a place to sleep and eat
Some places can help you out for a few nights. It’s important to call them before going there.
You can call them at 418-521-4483 or visit their site to see the services available.
Elsewhere in Quebec:
While you’re a runaway, street workers are people you can trust. You can talk to them confidentially about what you’re going through. These contact people can support you and guide you to the right services. They can be found in most regions of Quebec and can often travel to meet you. They’re well aware of all the resources available. To find a street worker near you, check out the interactive map on their site and enter your postal code.