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Government of Canada launches three-digit suicide crisis helpline: 9-8-8

9-8-8 is now available 24 hours a day and seven days a week across Canada.
Written by Piling Canada
April 2024

The Government of Canada is taking an important step to provide suicide prevention support for people who need it, when they need it most. 9-8-8, Canada’s new three-digit suicide crisis helpline, is now available to call or text, in English and French, 24 hours a day and seven days a week, across Canada. 

Suicide continues to be a serious public health issue impacting people of all ages and backgrounds, and more needs to be done to support those in crisis. This is why the Government of Canada has provided $156 million over three years to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to implement and operate the 9-8-8 Suicide Crisis Helpline. An experienced network of partners has trained responders ready to answer 9-8-8 calls and texts. Responders will provide support and compassion without judgement. They are here to help callers and texters explore ways to keep themselves safe when things are overwhelming.

The Government of Canada and CAMH worked closely with partners from across many different sectors in the months leading up to the launch.

“The launch of 9-8-8 is an important step in making suicide prevention resources more readily available to everyone across Canada,” said Mark Holland, Minister of Health. “9-8-8 is easy to remember and will provide life-saving services to those who need it the most. Anytime and anywhere, 9-8-8 is always available to help.”

If you or someone you may know is thinking about suicide, call or text 9-8-8.

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