What is 9-8-8?



If you’re thinking about suicide,

9-8-8 is here to help.


Call or text.

The first mobile network of its kind in Canada

9-8-8 is for anyone who is thinking about suicide, or who is worried about someone they know. Connect to a responder to get help without judgement. Call or text 9-8-8 toll-free, anytime for support in English or French. For more information,

visit https://988.ca.


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  • 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. 

  • Who should call 9-8-8?

    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.

  • Who runs 9-8-8?

    The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, 

    Ontario is leading and coordinating the delivery of 9-8-8 

    nationwide. 


    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

  • Will 9-8-8 appear on my phone bill?

    If asked about this, CAMH and 9-8-8 partners will respond with 

    the following: 


    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.