9-8-8 Suicide Crisis Helpline is a new three-digit helpline that
provides urgent, live support by phone and text to people in
every province and territory across the country.
9-8-8 is available in English and French, 24 hours a day, every
single day of the year across the country.
9-8-8 is for anyone thinking about suicide, or worried someone
they know. Trained 9-8-8 responders will answer calls and texts
and listen without judgement while providing support.
9-8-8 is for anyone who is thinking about suicide, or who is
worried about someone they know.
Suicide prevention is the primary focus of 9-8-8, but no one who
calls or texts the helpline will be turned away. Everyone who
contacts 9-8-8 will be assessed for suicide risk, and all 9-8-8
responders are trained to respond to people going through a
range of crises.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto,
Ontario is leading and coordinating the delivery of 9-8-8
A growing network of more than 40 experienced local,
provincial and territorial, and national crisis lines across the
country provide culturally appropriate, lifesaving support to
people who call or text 9-8-8.
9-8-8 is funded by the Government of Canada, through the
Public Health Agency of Canada
If asked about this, CAMH and 9-8-8 partners will respond with
Whether or not 9-8-8 appears on your phone bill depends on
your service provider. Please contact the company that provides
your phone services to find out if 9-8-8 will show up on your bill.