In a significant step toward supporting mental health and well-being across our nation, the 988: Suicide Crisis Helpline launched today.
The Canadian telecommunications industry is pleased to support the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and its network partners in the provision of this vital new phone and text service.
By utilizing an easy to remember three-digit number, the 9-8-8 helpline is designed to provide urgent, live support to anyone in Canada who is experiencing thoughts of suicide or is concerned about someone they know. Accessible via phone or text, the service operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year, in both English and French. This toll-free helpline, supported by CAMH, is a testament to the collaborative efforts of nearly 40 crisis lines nationwide, which together provide culturally appropriate, lifesaving support to people in crises.
Suicide prevention is the primary focus of the new 9-8-8 crisis helpline, but no one who reaches out using 9-8-8 will be turned away. Trained 9-8-8 responders are equipped to handle a range of crises, ensuring that every person contacting the helpline receives the support they need.
Our members are honored to support the launch of the national 988: Suicide Crisis Helpline, and to contribute to a network of connection that spans the entire country.
For more information and what to expect when calling or texting 9-8-8, as well as answers to frequently asked questions, please visit 988.ca.