Launched on November 28, 2017, the Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS) pilot program has been providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention support via voice, cha and text, to people in need across Canada. Despite no active promotion, the demand for help has far exceeded all expectations and CSPS is urgently calling for funding to increase capacity to meet this demand and continue providing vital support.
CALL TO IMMEDIATE ACTION:
Our current responders cannot meet the pilot program demand for the much-needed text and chat support. (The majority are unpaid trained volunteers).
We urgently need funding to enable us to grow capacity, expand hours and maintain this important voice, text and chat suicide prevention and support service.
Help us to help save lives!
For Further Information:
Ms. Alison Caird is President of Crisis Services Canada, and Executive Director of the Toronto Distress Centres. She can be reached at Alison@torontodistresscentre.com .
Roberta Fox is the Founding and Interim CEO and CTO of Crisis Services Canada, and can be reached at Roberta.Fox@CrisisServicesCanada.ca or 289.648.1981.
Charles Laframboise is the Executive Director of the Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region. He can be reached at CLaframboise@dcottawa.on.ca .
Lisa O’Blenis is the Executive Director of Chimo Helpline, New Brunswick. She can be reached at email@example.com .