For My Canadian Friends

Over the last many days I have seen a large number of my Canadian Facebook friends posting a very important message to their personal pages to inform their followers about the new 9-8-8 three digit suicide prevention and mental health crisis lifeline and asking everyone to help spread the word. 

It makes me sooooo happy to see just how many people are sharing this very important information and starting many important conversations by doing so. Unfortunately though this new 3 digit crisis line is not yet available in Canada. 

It began as a pilot project in the States this past July and as I shared in a very recent blog that in the short time this new platform has been available, statistics have shown that there has been a 40 percent increase in the amount of callers. So it’s proven to work, only needing to dial (or text) 3 digits when in crisis as opposed to having to remember a 10 digit 1-800 number can be lifesaving to someone in need of immediate aid or intervention. 

From what I have read, they are hoping that by November of 2023 Canadians will also have access to the same number, of course much of this depends on how much government funding and resources this project receives to ensure it can run efficiently 24/7. The other major issue that still needs to be worked out is that not all areas in Canada have 10 digit phone numbers and that some of these areas already use 988 as their first 3 numbers so they are still months away from working out all these kinks before the number can be used for its intended purpose.

Either way, thank you to everyone who have been sharing this message with their friends and helping to continue these much needed conversations talking about mental health. I look forward to the day this new and very effective pilot project makes its way across the border.

In the meantime you can still dial 1.833.456.4566 if you or someone you love needs someone to talk to. 

#988 #suicideprevention #mentalhealth #crisisline #itsoktonotbeok #startaconversation #itsoktoaskforhelp #ohcanada #bordercrossing #pilotproject

Author: Kim Fluxgold

Wife, mom of 3 beautiful children, dog lover, creative sole and children's book Author. Sharing my journey with depression and anxiety through blogging in hopes of educating and ending the stigma.

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