Kids Help Phone recently launched a texting service for youth in both English and French all over Canada. So when kids are in a crisis, help is just a text away.
The Kids Help Phone is there to make mental health support accessible whenever it’s needed.
This is an amazing service offered to kids in a way that they prefer to communicate. It’s safe, convenient, confidential and open 24/7.
Make sure your kids – all kids, know that they can use this service for free to get help at any critical time.
They have anonymous, professional counselling services through online chat and by phone. Volunteer crisis responders at Kids Help Phone lend an ear to anyone who needs to talk.
When there’s need for professional help, a supervisor will step in, so you know kids are in good hands.
Over 700 volunteers are trained across the country to help kids face the challenges of today.
Testing the Kids Help Phone Service
During testing of the service over a period of 8 months, over 13,000 text conversations took place with youths discussing various issues from relationships to anxiety and depression.
The feedback – positive, with almost 90% of users finding the conversations helpful and reporting a reduction in stress. Additionally, about half of the users felt that they could cope better with their issues.
One quarter of users confided that they had suicidal thoughts, where professional supervisors stepped in and called emergency services. These calls resulted in daily rescues!
Only the professional supervisors can see the texters phone number, who can then call for help.
According to Kids Help Phone, youth from all over the country, from end to end, are participating and using this service.
The service is there to answer your texts and make teens and young adults feel like they have someone on their side, even in the middle of the night.
If kids can’t speak to parents or friends, like this, they have someone to turn to. This is crucial in times when this generation is not communicating verbally, but instead, by texting.
Crisis responders text:
- TALK to 686868 for English speakers.
- TEXTO to 686868 for French speakers.
Let your kids know about Kids Help Phone now!