Kids Help Phone has officially added a texting option so Canadian youth can connect with Councillors.
The charitable organization is introducing the 24/7 texting support option through a service partnership with U.S. based helpline and technology pioneer Crisis Text Line.
In Manitoba and select provinces this began as a pilot project and has logged more than 13,000 texting conversations between young people seeking help and trained volunteer crisis responders. The most common issues affecting young people were anxiety, relationships and feelings of isolation. Twenty-four per cent of texters reached out because of suicidal thoughts.
To connect with a volunteer, text the word ‘TALK’ to 686868 and if you require a French speaking volunteer text the word ‘TALKTO’ to 686868. To end the conversation, youth can text ‘STOP’.
The texting service requires no data plan, Internet connection or app. If you prefer phone calls, the Kids Help Phone number is: 1-800-668-6868
To find out more information on the service please visit: kidshelpphone.ca/
SOURCE: Kids Help Phone Website