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Suicide Crisis Helpline 9-8-8 Launches

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 there 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.

9-8-8 is there to provide moments of connection that create hope, support recovery and save lives. They help people connect to their strengths and find new ways to cope, live, and thrive. Our vision is a Canada where suicide is prevented because everyone can access help when they need it the most.

How 9-8-8 works

9-8-8: Suicide Crisis Helpline follows a network model. When you call or text 9-8-8, you will reach a responder at one of nearly 40 local, provincial and territorial, and national crisis lines, who co-deliver the service.

9-8-8 Partners are the backbone of the service. They are located across Canada. They provide existing crisis services within their communities, as well as taking 9-8-8 calls and texts. They are here to make sure that you can connect to a responder within your local community. Other 9-8-8 partners include Hope for Wellness who offer specialized support for First Nations, Inuit and M├ętis, and Kids Help Phone, who specialize in supporting young people reaching out to 9-8-8.

You can learn more about this service here.