Wednesday, January 29, 2020 – Crisis Services Canada (CSC) supports Bell Canada’s “Let’s Talk Day” as part of Bell’s mental health initiatives. Bell’s Let’s Talk recognizes the crucial role that open, safe communication has in mental wellbeing. It also reinforces the power each individual has to make a positive change amongst their circle of friends, family, and in their community, and CSC encourage people living in Canada to take part in Let’s Talk by posting on social media, discussing mental health on- or off-line, and taking the opportunity to pursue education on mental health and related issues.

CSC operates the Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS). Having a safe, accessible and equitable channel to talk is the guiding principle behind CSPS, a confidential, free service that provides meaningful support to anyone with concerns related to suicide, whether it is thoughts of suicide, bereavement by suicide, or concern over someone else who may be at risk.

As part of the continuum of mental healthcare, 46 percent of people contacting CSPS did so to discuss their mental health. And talking has power: 80 percent of CSPS users indicated that reaching out to CSPS had a meaningful, positive impact.

If you are thinking about using CSPS support but are unsure of what to expect, please feel free to read our post What Happens When You Call the Canada Suicide Prevention Service. If you are interested in further resources about how to talk to someone who may be at risk of suicide, please see our blog post here.

If you need suicide prevention support, you can call CSPS any time at 1-833-456-4566. Text support is also available at 45645 from 4PM to 12AM, Eastern Time. Your concerns, thoughts, dilemmas and feelings will be listened to by highly trained, compassionate responders. Our focus will be on empowering you to feel equipped to deal with the complex struggles you are facing.

For more information on CSC or CSPS, please contact:

Kate Kuehn
Manager, Marketing and External Relations
Crisis Services Canada
Kate@CrisisServicesCanada.ca

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