Kids get help through texting crisis line

08.11.2018 07:21
By: Frank McGwire

Free service has logged over 13,000 exchanges since February


Brandon, MB (CKLQ) - Mental health support for young Canadian kids is now available through a free bilingual texting service being rolled out across the country.

Kids Help Phone is a charitable organization introducing the 24-7 texting support option through a service partnership with U-S based helpline and technology pioneer Crisis Text Line.

A pilot project begun here in Manitoba back in February in Manitoba and other select provinces.

The pilot study has logged more than 13-thousand texting conversations between young people seeking help from trained volunteer crisis responders.

According to the study, the most common issues affecting young people were: anxiety, relationships and feelings of isolation.

24% of texters reached out because of suicidal thoughts.

The confidential service is accessible by texting TALK to 6-8-6-8-6-8 for an English-speaking crisis responder and TEXTO to 6-8-6-8-6-8 to reach a French-speaking counsellor on any text/S-M-S- enabled cellphone.

For more information on Kids Help Phone services click here