Crisis Services Canada launches Canada Suicide Prevention Service

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Fifty years ago today, Distress Centres of Toronto took its first crisis call. Today, Crisis Services Canada (CSC) officially launched the Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS), enabling people from anywhere in the country to access crisis support via telephone, text or chat, in both official languages.

Phone: toll free 1-833-456-4566
Text:     45645
Chat:    www.crisisservicescanada.ca

The CSPS is designed to complement existing local distress and crisis line services. When a person in crisis contacts CSPS, the communication will be re-routed to the closest available responder, who will provide support and resources unique to the caller’s local area, and needs.

“The Canada Suicide Prevention Services provides toll-free, 24/7 suicide crisis support to anyone in Canada”, said Alison Caird, CSC president. “Best practices meet best in class technology to bolster existing local resources and ensure that anyone concerned about suicide reaches a trained responder fast”.

CSPS was developed with the support of the Public Health Agency of Canada, which invested $2 million under the Government of Canada’s commitment to improve the mental health of Canadians.

“Every suicide is a tragedy” said the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Canada’s Minister of Health. “The Canada Suicide Prevention Service will ensure that individuals feeling the need, regardless of where they live in Canada, will have access to support.”

CSPS will work with Kids Help Phone and the First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line.

Crisis Services Canada was incorporated in 2017, with non-profit distress and crisis service centres that had been working together since 2002.

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